1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Had a fantastic time with great people and a great brand to work for, it far exceeded my expectations. As there were so many other interns we had a great social life and had good work life balance.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Massively, my work directly fed into the rest of the team which I had a great relationship with. I had a great rapport with my colleagues and felt like an integral part of the Finance team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Had monthly meetings with my manager however we talked on a frequent basis. Also had support from other members of the Finance team which improved my development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Was slightly busier around the month end phase although most of the time I was busy. I had a lot of variety in the role meaning I was doing different tasks day to day.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
More than I thought before starting the internship. I had many important tasks such as reporting to HMRC and some month end reconciliations and journals which I was solely responsible for. In addition I chaired meetings and was able to lead projects throughout the year.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I will be able to relate the theory learnt though my degree to the practical knowledge I have picked up over the year. In addition presentation skills and my overall personal development will assist me in seeking a graduate job.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really open and friendly atmosphere meant I fitted in in straight away and quickly built a good rapport with colleagues.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Porsche has had placement students for years and the internship program is really well organised from the initial training to social events throughout the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were regular meetings with HR in which we discussed CV's, interview techniques etc. In addition we had training on the history of Porsche and spent a few days developing our interpersonal skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is no direct graduate scheme however if a job came up I would definitely apply as the team was great to work with and general atmosphere around the office extremely positive.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With so many interns across the business there was a fantastic social scene which varied from activities in the week after work to nights out at the weekend. As part of the Finance team we regularly went out for team meals which was a great opportunity to bond with the team outside of work. I will be in contact with many interns and employees for years to come.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reading is relatively cheap if you look in the right places for living. There is plenty of variety in Reading with pubs and clubs so the cost of socialising depends on where you go, however Reading is a student town so cheaper nights out can be had.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are lots of different pubs and clubs in Reading as well as a student union, I really enjoyed the nights out the intern group had together throughout the year. Reading is only 25 mins train outside of London so that is an option for night life if you get bored with Reading.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had the opportunity to organise events outside of work to raise money for charity. This varied from go karting to pub quizzes and an assault course event. This was a good opportunity to mix with colleagues outside of the work environment.