1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working at Opsview was a fantastic and invaluable experience which really opened my eyes to how a real business runs and operates.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
There is a fantastic culture at Opsview and I quickly built up a rapport with all my colleagues. In addition, the weekly and monthly company events are a great time to meet others from departments you might not work directly with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had a couple of managers during my placement, both of whom had a great knowledge of the field and were always on hand to help me out. We also had weekly 1-1 meetings to discuss my progress and any projects I was undertaking as well as covering any non work related issues.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I spent the vast majority of my time in engineering, where there is always something new to build or improve. Especially when working close to a release!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I took on a variety of high responsibility tasks during my placement, from running the tech side of the all company meetings, to performing essential server maintenance in our server room. However I never felt out of my depth and was never made to take on a task I didn't feel comfortable with.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Working at Opsview gave me a year immersed in real world technologies and a chance to contribute to some fantastic software. I'm going back to university with a really motivated attitude and knowledge of industry practices and new technologies. As a result of being exposed to these new technologies and practices, I'm in a much better position to decide on a final year project idea.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There is always a very vibrant atmosphere at Opsview. Everyone is always up for a chat and ready to help out.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It had been originally planned that I would spent 3 months in each of Customer Success (internal), Customer Success (product support) and Engineering, then a final 3 months in an area of my choice. In my case the engineering team had recognised some of my development skills and I moved to engineering sooner than expected and stayed there until the end of my placement. It was great that the intern programme was so flexible to allow me to pursue something I really wanted to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended Opsview product training at the start of my placement which got me up to speed with the product. I also attended many in-house training sessions run by the lead developers on a plethora of topics.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Coming back to Opsview would be a great chance to keep developing many of the skills I learnt over my placement, and having been with the company for a year I would quickly be able to get back into the swing of the company and maybe even apply some of the skills I learnt in my third year to my everyday work.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Initially, I was the only intern but another intern joined the company after myself. We got along really well and were given a number of group tasks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Reading is a great place for a night out, with many clubs and bars, as well as a lot of great restaurants and a cinema.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Opsview holds many events during the month such as company socials or sports and activities. In addition every quarter, there's a all company social event which ranges from rock climbing to laser quest.