Jack Palmer

HR Industrial Placement Student

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • PSA Group

What was the interview process like?

The interview process was so quick. It consisted of an interview, testing and an assessment centre. I had found out by December that I had a placement. So while others were worrying about exams and coursework as well as finding a placement, I could relax!

How much responsibility were you given?

From day one I was thrown in the deep end – but with plenty of support. Having worked in the Retail Group, I had to learn quickly that I was going to have an exceptionally busy year. They trusted me and I was able to get involved with all aspects of the business.

What advice would you give to someone applying for your role?

See it as a year long interview. At the end of the day, they might be the people who want to bring you back as a Graduate. With this, take every opportunity you can, and don’t limit yourself to just what your role entails. And obviously apply!!

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge by far was presenting my project findings to the CEO. I have never experienced anything like this on any level. It just goes to show how much trust they have, to allow a 20

year old student to present to the CEO.

What was the atmosphere like in your team?

It feels like a family now, and I don’t want to leave. There is always a buzz in the team, whether that is the jokes and laughter or just the general atmosphere of working in a Retail team. They have been the most welcoming team I have ever been a part of.

What did you most enjoy about your role?

The autonomy, definitely. In Retail it’s exceptionally busy and fast paced. You have to think on your feet all day and be prepared to get stuck into anything. There hasn’t been a day where I haven’t been busy or rushed off my feet!

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