1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It is a year that I look back upon with huge fondness! I learnt so much about the industry, working life, made some life long friends and have taken away memories that I will never forget - a truly amazing year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Extremely! A huge part of enjoying your job and producing your best work is feeling valued as a member of your team. The Communications Team at the Foundation is small, so all the work you do is important and all the good work you do is noticed - It also means you are not given any typical intern jobs! I really felt like I was valued and needed!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I can not fault the management I received from Rory Carroll. He identified my strengths and allowed me to run and go further with them, and also helped me work on my weaknesses which built up my confidence. He really understands what it is like to be a placement student as he did one himself when he was at uni!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was never bored! There was always things that needed doing. Yes, there were some days when there was a huge amount to do when big events were coming up, and yes it was slightly stressful, but this was only occasional! In fact, I am glad of what busy periods at work taught me, especially as I now work in an events agency! Over all, I always felt like I had the right amount of work to do, and if I did feel like I was struggling, Rory was excellent and would help distribute the work out between the team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Like I said before, the Comms team is small, so each person has a huge amount of responsibility. I never felt like an intern!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
You never truly understand how invaluable your placement year was until you start work. I recently started my new job as a graduate and I am confident in my abilities and ready to go - I understand the working life, and I already have developed skills - it really shows!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Each department at the Football Foundation is on one floor - which is great for meeting people and having a laugh!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Really well. I had a month hand over with my predecessor to get used to the job, regular reviews with my manager and monthly check-ins with HR to make sure I was doing well! Rory also gradually introduced new/harder work to me over the months allowing me to develop at my own pace.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was sent on two courses - Writing Press Releases and Pitching to Journalists - which helped me learn even more about the industry. These are also really great for your CV!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
One employee I worked with was a returning placement student. He loved it so much he wanted to come back and was offered a job! Although this isn't that common.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes! I've made lifelong friends with the other interns! We often went out for drinks after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
A bit expensive - As it's London. But there is no place like London. This shouldn't put you off.. I can't imagine doing my placement year anywhere else. The possibilities are endless!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great! The offices are down Tottenham Court Road!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not massively, but who's to say you can't set up a sports group of your own!