1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved my placement, the level of responsibility and autonomy I was given was first class. Everyday had its own challenge and allowed me to learn something new. I wouldn’t have replaced anything about this placement; it has provided me with a strong platform for a successful career in the logistics industry
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued! All my colleagues would always ask for my opinions and thoughts on new ideas that would be proposed, and despite having little experience they would always include me in discussions and debates about work related issues. The support and assistance they would never hesitate to offer made me feel comfortable and gave me confidence.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Every week I would have a catch up with my line manager who would always be asking me if I was getting on ok and if i would like to gain anythihng more from the placement. This really was my first line of support if I had any issues inside and outside of work, which was important and meaningful to me as I always knew I had someone to gain advice from.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very busy, sometimes I could not believe how quickly my day went. From the minute I walked into the building to the moment I left I was always faced with something that needed done. The intensity and pace of the work carried out in this organization is very high, which suits me as I would not appreciate a job that felt like it was dragging with nothing to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a huge amount of responsibility, during our peak time at Christmas I was faced with the task of managing my own team of 35-55 agency employees and 15 warehouse operatives. This was a fantastic experience and taught me a lot about myself as a manager. I have also been faced with some project work throughout my placement which was exciting and a good opportunity to show off my skills that I learned in university/school.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe that the leadership side of business management will certainly benefit me as I go into the final year of my degree. The communication skills I learned from the ‘leading and energising’ training course the business provided for me will also benefit me in doing presentations in front of large numbers.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was very positive and encouraging in my opinion. Everyone was friendly and always willing to help each other out regardless of what the work was whether it was photocopying paperwork or running to the shop for a snack! This always set a great tone for the day and I gained a sense of motivation from it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure and professionalism of this placement was incredible and hugely exceeded my expectations. Before each training course there was a set arrangement so we knew exactly what was going on. From the minute I got here I haven’t had to organize anything to do with work as it was already done this included hire cars for central training days and accommodation.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The amount of investment geared towards this scheme was very surprising. I learned that a few of the board members at Gist came from a graduate background so they view their graduates as the future leaders and that explained to my why they invest so much money in the industrial placement/graduate scheme.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
this Placement Year
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The opportunities that lie ahead for me at this business are very promising, with several depots all over the UK it will allow me to gain exposure in different areas of logistics and contracts that Gist have i.e. primary/secondary and other contracts Gist have such as the Starbucks contract. My plans for the future with Gist have already been noted by HR which means a lot to me as I have not even graduated yet
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Every week we as a team would do something together. Every Friday night we would go out for a curry after a week to round the week off and also go bowling sometimes, this was a great team building activity for us as we always had a lot of fun. Every yearly quarter my general manager would take me out for dinner with all the other managers and we would discuss the financial performance of the depot. This was a privilege to attend for me at such a young age.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I worked in Barnsley but lived in Leeds. Leeds was a very lively city which suited me as I moved to Leeds from Northern Ireland and didn’t know anyone so it was like a new start. It was relatively cheap as there are a lot of students in Leeds so I took full advantage of that! Barnsley was even cheaper but not the best from a social living point of view.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
To be honest I went out very rarely in the area I worked in but when I went out I enjoyed myself, it was safe and the prices I paid for drinks were very reasonable. There were a variety of places to choose from to go out which was good and the restaurants were good quality.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Absolutely, I play Gaelic Football and Soccer outside of work which was the best thing I ever did from a social side of things. This allowed me to meet a new set of friends who I would have met up with on the weekends and trained with throughout the week. I would say to anyone joining any business to get involved with sporting activities outside work as it is a good way to meet new people and not feel that your life consists of only work.