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I really enjoyed the nature of the work I was doing, it was relevant to my skills set and something I would definitely consider doing once I graduate.
I felt valued by the colleagues in my team
My manager's style was very much 'this is your project so you can run with it' and at first I struggled as I normally like to be fed as much information as possible however I adapted quickly and looking at it in the long term it helped me.
Very busy- with the role I was in I had so much to do.
Quite a lot in terms of little tasks and tasks I had been given to me individually but on bigger tasks I could of had more responsibility.
I certainly developed my presentation skills which I believe will help me not only with my degree but in any future job. I also had to be organised and structured which will also help in my studies.
Quite varied- sometimes really chatty and sometimes quiet. There was always cake around and weekly presentations to give out 'thank yous'. I enjoyed where I sat specifically as the people around me were very like minded. I was lucky as I made friends with 2 other placement students who I got on with really well and kept work a really fun place to be.
I took a lot of the ownership of my own tasks in terms of creating tasks that I think will help an overall project. My tasks were set to me clearly however there wasn't always structured meeting to regularly monitor me reporting what work I had done.
I never went on any formal training e/g presentation skills however I never showed a big interest in doing this as I got better with practice and in my role I was frequently having to do this. My manager also supported me through this.
Working from home
I would consider coming back to computacenter afterwards as I really like the culture of the workplace and how it has a real family feel.
I got on really well with 13 other placement students and I know I will certainly stay in touch with a majority of them. We organised nights out amongst ourselves.
I lived at home during the placement in order to save money so I saved money that way. There isn't a great deal in Hatfield in terms of night life and things to do however London is not far.
There isn't much to do in Hatfield however there is St Albans nearby with nice bars and clubs. London also is only 25 mins on the train so is easily accessible.
As a big department once every other month there would be an evening organised e.g bowling however I would have preferred more pre-planned events/nights out/dinners.
Placement (5-9 Months)
Human Resources, Recruitment
East of England