Corps Member at City Year UK

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Birmingham West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Agriculture Social Work

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9.1/10

The Role
9.2
Organisation
9.2

Socialising

8.8

The Role

Role Description

Young Mentor offering 1-1 support on pupil academic subjects behaviour and attendance.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Excellent placement year consisting of a variety of opportunities and insights into the educational sector.

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Really supportive workforce with help on offer and training and development opportunities throughout.

10/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Support was on hand from day one and was a continuously offered throughout the year by my manager.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Each day was different and a variety of tasks were carried out from 1-1 pupil support, organising after school curriculum clubs, and working in the classroom on a daily basis.

9/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Responsibility throughout was given and especially working in a educational environment I had to maintain professionalism and a positive attitude.

9/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Crucial skills were developed and incorporated throughout final year of university

7/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The Office was a place of joy and reflection that took place every Friday. As the whole Corps came together each Friday it was an amazing time to catch up with fellow members on how the week has progressed in their schools and new experiences learnt. The Staff are very welcoming and helpful throughout, with external visitors coming in on a weekly basis to help with learning and development and career progression opportunities. Overall a very lively atmosphere with joy and appreciation.

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The overall placement was highly organised both from the companies perspective and from the school that I was working at. Each day consisted of a team brief before having structured timetables in place to follow and adhere to. As a Corps Member I was fortunate and privileged to organise clubs and activities for pupils to participate and benefit from. Teamwork was a crucial part of my role and was highly valued by the school and CY. A clear structure was in place from start to end. With a celebration evening organised at the end of the academic year to highlight success and achievements.

10/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Excellent career insights into a variety of professions were highlighted and demonstrated by the Staff at City Year. Each week external employees from professional companies would visit the head office in Birmingham directing and supporting young people into possible career opportunities after the year of placement is completed. Examples such as Teachfirst and National Grid were very useful for me as their were potential job opportunities I could apply for once I graduated.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • National Travel
  • Above 25 days holiday
7/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

A year of service through City Year is well worth it and helps enchance the CV incredibly. A variety of professional skills are obtained and can be implemented for working life in the future. I developed excellent communication skills, problem solving, decision making, leadership and many more skills which have really boosted my confidence as an individual. Additionally City Year has helped me go and achieve beyond my comfort zone which has definitely made me more calmer and stronger for future interviews and assessment centres.

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Definitely working in a primary school was a humbling and life changing experience. Through CY I had the opportunity to liase with fellow staff members attend meals with my team and socialise on a daily basis. There was also team events each month which gave the chance to enjoy and relax with the team enjoying activities such as bowling and Go Karting.

10/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Fairly Reasonable. Living and working within Birmingham wasn't too difficult in terms of expenses as food and essentials are affordable. Additionally travel is paid for by the company which is a huge bonus and cost effective.

9/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Easy access to Birmingham Town and Broad Street. Which on weekends is highly popular with a variety of clubs.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Undoubtedly there was the opportunity to still carry on with activities such as Gym and socialising with friends and family. As a school day can be long in terms of hours and workload, mangaing time is possible and activities can still be carried out.

8/10

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