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I thoroughly enjoyed my year at Nissan. The role allowed me to learn key skills and competencies of HR but also allowed me to develop my analytical and presentation skills in some of the stretch projects I was involved in.
The team at Nissan were what made my placement so enjoyable. I was in a small team so my work was always valued, any research I did or feedback I gave was took onboard with real changes being made as a result.
We had a two week handover with the previous student to allow us to really get to grips with the role. I then had weekly 1:1's with my line manager.
Workload varied, however there were always small tasks I knew I could be getting on with if I ever had a quitter period.
During my placement I had my own tasks and responsibilities which none of the other members of the team were involved in. This meant that it was my responsibility to ensure they were completed successfully.
My communication skills enhanced massively during my placement as I was involved in interviews, exit interviews and career meetings. Additionally the recruitment tips I picked up during my placement will have when looking for a graduation position.
I feel I integrated into the office well, everyone was really welcoming and friendly when I started and I feel like I've made a lot of friends out of my placement.
The placement was very organized, their have been several HR placement students before myself so the role is quite well established.
I attended a few training courses during my time at Nissan as well as attended two whole company away days.
Working from home
This is limited for me as the Graduate scheme does not include a HR rotation. Similarly with the HR team being so small there is not a position for me to go back into.
I lived with two other of the placement students in Uxbridge so we spent a lot of our spare time together. Similarly our group of placement students became quite close to the graduates so several nights out were arranged together.
Living in Uxbridge means you are outside of London prices so were therefore around average.
This was very limited. The office is based in Rickmansworth, which apart from a few pubs does not have much going on. Watford is however nearby and trips can me made into London in reasonable time.
Social activities were arranged by the sports and social team as well as a running and football club.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
30th June 2016