1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Enjoyed every part of it.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team really made me feel an essential part of the team from the start and I am confident that I added a lot of value to our department.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
At every opportunity I was supported and also pushed to further my abilities both in my job role and in the wider working environment, as well as across the company itself. We had regular catch ups on my progress and how I was feeling about the placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very busy, which is daunting at first, but you learn so much. You always have a lot to do but there is a chance for downtime when you need it. You have full involvement on the day to day running of the business.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
More than I could have expected. Towards the end I was essentially project managing a lot of campaigns and I had full responsibility on a huge amount of tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Massively. They will be invaluable for my final year and after I graduate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very comfortable and sociable from the offset. Everyone works very hard but there's always someone you can chat to. I was very welcomed and encouraged from the offset.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We were really well prepared, particularly before we started, for what was to come. Introductions and getting started have been really carefully planned and you can tell that the programme has been running for a while. We were given good hand overs and provided with everything we needed to make the most out of the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They provided a lot of training sessions throughout the year and we were given optional extra training courses if we wanted, As a department we are constantly developing our knowledge of the industry and technology so we were certainly invested in to get the most out of this area. We were also encouraged to experience as many different areas of the business as possible.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
While there is a not a graduate scheme or any real guarantee of employment, a large amount of staff were previously interns. Also, my previous intern and many others who have just graduated are employed by either WB or companies that work closely with WB.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With both placement students and colleagues there was a very social scene. This does come down to completely what you make of it and you can choose to be a sociable as you want. My department was very sociable and there is something to do almost ever week if you want. There is also a lot of events organised at the beginning of the year to help you get to know everyone.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in zone 2 which was of course expensive but well within what we are being paid and meant that my travel was cheaper. The area around work is expensive but there are plenty of ways to do the year cheaper (bringing your own lunch/going to pubs that have a happy hour etc).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There's plenty to do. Central London is on your doorstep so really it's just up to what you like. We never struggled for choice of a night out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There has been lots of opportunities, sports teams/volunteering and any kind of charity events are always happening. There is also of course events that you might be asked to help out at, depending on your department.