1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I've really enjoyed my experience here at Schlumberger, with so many things going on, there is always something to do and you are never at a loose end. Being challenged everyday with new projects or task made it all the better as I gained new skills every time I completed one.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Day 1 I was told that I would be treated as a fully qualified engineer and not just a placement student and this stood the test of time. After 2 weeks or so, I just became another member of the team who had a voice that would be listened to. When working in a group project everyone's opinion was respected, it didn't matter if you were there a 10 days or 10 years.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There is always someone to lend an ear, and the even though the supervisor or busy they will always find time to discuss any issue or give any advice needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I've been kept busy most days, and every day I was doing something slightly different from the day before which was great as I was learning more and more everyday by working on different things.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility from day one, which was great because I really had to think on my feet from the word go. This gave my job meaning and kept me excited about getting new task and a real sense of achievement when I completed them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Schlumberger have extensive training programs and because it is such a large company the training can be specific to a task or very general. This was useful as I was continuously learning
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was very light hearted, even though people where working on important projects everyone kept a light heart. We would have group planned activities like paint balling and weekly football if you were interested.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well, the company had a structure laid out for placement students and were very good at making the most with our time with them. There was never a dull moment and there was more training than you could shake a stick at
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was always something new to learn, I moved from project to project gaining knew skills at every step, The resources for training that could be accessed from your laptop were extensive.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The employment prospects for schlumberger are great, I've worked with a lot of now full time employees who started of as interns and the stories they've told me about their experiences with schlumberger and how they've travelled the world with the company. Schlumberger being such a large company there are countless opportunities in locations all around the world.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Whilst I was on placement I worked with 4 other placement students and it was great to have people on the same level as my self, at the start of my placement there was an interns day in London where they brought all the interns from locations based in the uk together so we could get an insight into how other placement students were getting on and what they did on a daily basis. There was a good bit of socialising done throughout my placement with placement students and colleagues alike.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home because I planned to save as much money as possible this year, but I for the past 2 years I had lived away from home and the housing prices in Belfast are relativity cheap in comparison to the rest of the uk. Socialising in Belfast seems to be roughly average in comparison to the uk social scene
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Belfast is a great city for night-life, there is always something going on. Bars, pubs, clubs there is always something different to do. But for all that is good in this world, go to limelight
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were all sorts of activities, most of the people in my office are pretty physical active and even some adrenaline junkies, so there is usually something on, or people will be more than willing to get together once an idea is suggested, This ranges from Mountain Biking, Go karting, paint balling, cycling, golf or football to name a few