My role was to review the current internal project Wiki, and create a new, updated version which would enable Project Managers to have one source of information outlining all the processes involved in the creation, running and closure of a project.
This consisted of work on spreadsheets, SharePoint, in meetings with project managers and team leads, and making presentations for handover and launch.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The people were amazing, but the environment I went into at the start was not. This was due to the fact that there was no role for me when I first got there (teams often flippantly apply for an intern for the wrong reasons) and I was really involved either with the client, or many Accenture people, for the first few weeks. However, I asked for work, was enthusiastic about taking on the Wiki project, and started to make up for the wasted time. It was a bit of a struggle, but I still view it really very positively. There was plenty of moments for making an impression, and when I was with other Accenture people there was a highly energised feel to the place that was both professional, down-to-earth and fiercely imaginative. Accenture really do choose very good people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Again, the people, so great. From HR, my colleagues, my intern peers - all supportive, observant people.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
They give you what you ask for.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It oscillated wildly between hectic mentality and pure ennui.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Again this varied a lot. I suspect you get as much as you ask for at Accenture.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
TIME MANAGEMENT, what an improvement. Don't think that bit of Excel will come in too hand with the humanities, but the people skills are invaluable always.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was summer, the vibe I hear is different then, but it took time for me to meet people once I'd left the haven of training week and moved up to Macclesfield for four days per week, to work on my own at a desk not facing anyone, in a portakabin.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The HR people in the City were amazing, the intern training was exceptional, as were the socials. Conversely, the people working at the client site really struggled with what to do with me, so it took a lot of effort on my part to find something valuable to do with my time, skills and enthusiasm. I got there in the end, but it was an uphill climb. I do not, however, think that my experience matches with everyone else's who was working there. There were certainly better organised ones, but why they sent me to the project I worked on at all - I don't know.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Again, HR was excellent, training was brilliant, team bonding opportunities aplenty.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The blend of good training and amazing people, it not only makes financial sense to start my career here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Without a doubt. I met lifelong friends, and was in awe of some of the personalities there. We were all very enthusiastic about meeting up as regularly as possible during the internship, over and above the socials provided. Excellent.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
LONDON EXPENSIVE; MACCLESFIELD EXPENSES. So a fine balance.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again, the London bits were great, but in Macclesfield I was either in a hotel or a business park - the latter, being most of my working week, meant it was dreadful, I guess.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?