Enjoyable. After psychometric tests and a telephone interview, successful applicants are invited to an assessment centre. This included interviews, a group exercise, and a presentation. However, from my perspective it was an opportunity to get a taste of 3M to make sure it felt like the sort of company I wanted to work for.
I was given the same responsibility as a fully-fledged team member. This was quite daunting at first, but my confidence grew and before I knew it people had forgotten my “student status” and I was able to settle in and find my own niche within the team.
It’s difficult not to state the obvious, but they really do apply. Enthusiasm, teamwork & flexibility. All favourable attributes! Practice and preparation is valued and you will receive credit from the hiring manager. It’s all about the effort I think.
The variety. 3M is hugely diverse. Being able to experience projects in a vast array of businesses has definitely aided my personal development. 3M has given me a taste of a number of vastly different business sectors and I now have a clearer picture of what I want in the future.
3M runs an annual competition to highlight the ‘IP of the Year’ and I was delighted to win. It is the icing on the cake for a very productive and eventful placement year and something that will no doubt be extremely useful in my career.
I think the most prevalent thing is the responsibility. Being able to work on placement, like I will after graduation provides a real insight into my future career and it’s given me the inspiration and motivation I needed to return to Uni and really hit the ground running.
The offices are open plan, people are approachable and friendly. The atmosphere is centred on promoting a relaxed environment and I’ve always felt at home in the work place.
The attitude taken is that the placement year is like a yearlong interview. If the student enjoys their stay, and fits in well with the team chances are they will be offered a graduate role. Many of the long serving employees started out as placements students, dating back to the 80’s!