1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have had an incredible experience and met some great people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Incredibly, not only with thanks and praise but I also received a small bonus for my hard work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I reported to Burbank for a number of months and even when doing this still received great support and management. The VP of the department came over on two occasions to manage the department and help me with a number of projects.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Changes daily and depending on work projects going on, a lot of juggling work but never without nothing to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
When I started they sort of threw me into the deep end. I started without a manager and worked independently on my own projects and tasks for 4 months. Now I have a manager I am still left to do my own projects unsupervised, but the support is there if you need it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
They have an intern training scheme and are very good at putting you on external courses if you need it.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Where we sit not a lot goes on this is great for productivity but can be a bit too quiet at times. The office on a whole though is very welcoming and you get to meet and work with some interesting people.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It could have been better but I was the first intern in this role and even with my situation at the start with no direct manager they managed to turn a bad situation into a great opportunity for me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We have a dedicated training fund, lots of schemes set up by Learning and Development such as Lunch and Learns and Reverse Mentoring and a training programme made up of 7 full or half day classes covering a variety of subjects. They also have an online platform with 100's of free training courses.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The department I work in is quite new and is made up of only 7 employees so at the moment quite slim but if they were to expand I think I would have a good chance.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are 50+ interns on placement and I have made some great friends. There is always something going on.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's London so expect high prices. I pay £658 a month living in North Greenwich but don't let that put you off. You are on placement to learn and have a good time not to save money. For socialising you always find hidden gems, we go to a bar called Sway (Happy Hour most nights) a lot.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife is great but there are a lot of pubs rather than clubs in Holborn and we are only a ten minute walk from Covent Garden.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?