1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed the placement. They provided me with regular task to allow me to grow as an individual. This will allow me to look for graduate jobs knowing a have a lot more experience than the average person. Trusted to work on real projects/tasks independently and your views and opinions are always listen to.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued. All my idea of future project and various other tasks were taken in to consideration. Regularly made to feel that you are vital in the company and provided with a real role with important and enjoyable task.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Loads of support! Regularly have meeting to see what we can do next to improve skills that I have chosen to improve throughout the year. I am the 10th student in my role which means they have a real understanding of what we, as students need out of the placement and also the support we need. At first I was nervous as I didn't feel I had the ability to do my role but they understand that we don't have real experience and ensure you leave with a lot.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As a sales role, the amount of work I had varied from one day to the next but I always had something to do. Within this role there is a flexible work load as it is a joint effort. Therefore if your workload is getting a bit too much some is passed on to colleagues.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Lots of responsibility. From day one you are authorised to provide quotation to customers up to £50,000 but I have dealt with quotations for over £1,000,000.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Massively. I think the skills that I've learnt at Prysmian Group will benefit me across all modules of my degree and in future roles.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is professional but relaxed. Its open plan so its not just the power distribution department in the office, which is nice because you get to know a lot more people. There is also two other students in the same office which is nice for general support and uni work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Brilliantly. As I said earlier, I am the 10th student in the role and therefore they have a structure routine and know how to look after the students they have in the office. They understand that with planning they can get the most out of you and you can get the most out of your placement. They also ensure a cross over period where the previous placement student trains the new one for two weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I believe they spent a lot of time training me and putting me forward to go to meetings to make sure I had a wider understanding of the business. I was also taken to Southampton which is the UK's head office to ensure I had a better understanding of the organisation.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It all depends on if there is a vacancy at the time of when you graduate. However Prysmian Group have a graduate scheme which allows you to move around countries and work all over the world starting off in Milan.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Social scene can be very good. I lived at home so therefore didn't see the most of it. However, regular trips for dinner and evenings. I believe that many of the employees and one student who did move to Wrexham did pub quizzes and cinema trips regularly.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived 50 mins away in Cheshire with my parents. I believe that living in Wrexham is reasonable. Chester is the closest city and there is a university there so I believe that cheap accommodation is available. Chester is around a 30 min drive from Prysmian in Wrexham.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
once again, not local to Wrexham. In Chester there is a few clubs and some nice bars.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is a football game on every Wednesday for anyone to get involved in and the staff dos. We also arranged to go out for peoples birthday and some evening meals.