A day in the life of a Toyota Placement Student

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About me

I’m Ella and I’m currently on a one year placement at Toyota GB. I’m the Social Media Placement Student and I work within the Press and Social Department.
I have completed my second year at Leeds Beckett University studying PR and Communications.

My role at TGB

It’s very varied and involves helping the community managers with managing our social media channels, assisting the content team with our most recent social media campaigns. I’m usually out of the office at least once a month, whether it be to agencies in London or a new car launch. There’s always something new and exciting. My role gives me the opportunity to work across a number of different departments within the business and to develop my professional skills.

What made me choose Toyota GB?

Toyota’s status as the largest automotive company in the world makes it difficult not to apply! Who wouldn’t want to work for such an influential and prestigious corporation? Toyota GB have a great student scheme, one that they’re really proud of. They offer amazing opportunities and strive to assist your development. Toyota GB are listed as one of The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For and it’s clear to see why!

Student Life at TGB

Toyota offers a great sports and social scheme for all employees! You have access to an on-site gym, classes during the week and the sports and social membership means you are invited to a number of different out-of-work activities such as: rounders, karaoke nights and an additional Christmas party. Being a part of this group means you can interact with people from across the business in an informal environment, opening up more opportunities to make new friends throughout the year!

What has surprised you so far about your placement at Toyota GB?

Everyone is so welcoming and friendly! You imagine a multinational company to be very intimidating Toyota is definitely not. If you have a question, everyone is happy to help.

What advice would you give other students when applying for placements?

Take the time to prepare for your interview! Recruiters like to see that you’ve researched the company prior to the interview and you have a passion for what the company stands for. Try to gain some experience in your chosen area before you apply and make sure you’re able to answer any question they throw at you! Practice interview questions are available online and university placement hubs usually hold mock interviews. I find that’s the best way to prepare.

If you have any questions for Ella about her experiences at Toyota GB or how she applied leave a comment below.

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