1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had an excellent 4 weeks, extremely welcoming team and great office atmosphere which made the experience thoroughly enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did feel valued by my colleagues, evidenced by the fact I was set important work which would actively contribute to client projects and felt I was not just doing tasks for the sake of it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone in the office was extremely helpful and approachable, they answered any questions I had and given the fact I had not studied a Real Estate degree, my colleagues were more than willing to explain more complex tasks or any work I was unfamiliar with.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fairly busy. Some days were understandably quieter during the summer period whereas others I was set multiple tasks from different teams and had to remain organised to ensure I completed all work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount of responsibility, having the opportunity to interact directly with clients and complete tasks which were contributing to current projects or client briefs.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The internship has given me a great insight into the industry and I am now far more aware of what a career in property involves day to day. As a non-cognate I am sure the skills and knowledge I gained will assist me when I begin my Masters in Real Estate in September 2016.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great atmosphere, perfect balance between a professional working environment and a friendly atmosphere with plenty of banter and interaction between teams.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was a very smooth process. The HR team were extremely helpful and answered any questions I had prior to joining and ensured regional graduates were invited to the London intern social which was a great touch. There were certain times when I was short of work and felt a slight hinderence looking for tasks so a slightly bigger workload for the interns would be my only suggestion.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given a great variety of work in different teams, from office-based tasks to going out on site visits and measurements, to attending client meetings or viewings. This ensured I got lots of different experience in the different departments.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. I would love the opportunity to join the 2016 Graduate Scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely. Everyone was very sociable and I was lucky enough to attend Chester races with the team which was a great evening out.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Up north so cheaper than London!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Manchester has great nightlife, lots of variety.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The regional interns were invited to the London graduate/intern event but there was little else apart from this. However this was understandable given we were only with the company for 4 weeks.