1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my placement within the Audi UK Network! It was such a great environment to be apart of with so many different opportunities to get involved in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Unbelievably! At times I felt like I had been working with my colleagues for years! I was shown the same level of respect and appreciation as senior members of the market area team I was working within.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was an incredible amount of support available from both Audi UK and the market area I was assigned too. Both on an internal daily basis in the form of daily communication but also having the opportunity to participate in more formal training.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Admittedly there were fluctuating levels of work that needed completing which often resulted in some manic days and some quieter days. However, with the right level of organisation it would be impossible to ever be bored as there as so many different aspects to the role!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was working with senior members of the Audi team on a daily basis, often presenting figures to the team which I had devised unsupervised. There was also an opportunity for me to individually run the social media accounts with my own freedom which was a huge level of trust and responsibility!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Many of the experiences and skills I have developed throughout my placement are transferable elements I will be able to continue throughout the rest of my degree and future career!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The daily atmosphere within the office was great! Everybody is so friendly and open it makes a really lively working environment. Of course there were times when people were more serious such as within meetings or during pressure periods but this was to be expected when working with senior figures who are often under pressure!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The entire year seemed to be extremely well organised considering we were the first six undergraduates students to undertake a placement within the Audi UK Network! The transition between Audi UK and the market area I was assigned included continuous communication whilst the training opportunities I participated in were exquisitely operated.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I don't think a month went by where I didn't attend some kind of training! The training was always relevant and specific to my personal individual role and often included skills I will transfer back to University such as the Microsoft Excel course I attended. I even had the opportunity to attend an Audi Central Launch at Audi AG in Munich to learn about the new Audi Q2!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love the opportunity to continue a career within the Audi UK Network either at Head Office or out within a market area! I have already begun discussions about the possibility of a future job after I have completed my degree.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This was sometimes difficult as I was the only placement student based within my market area. Therefore any social activities were often through full time colleagues but this was a great opportunity to meet new people in different aspects of life!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was lucky enough to secure a placement in the same city I was attending University so I was already comfortable with living costs.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
One word... Sheffield!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again this was often a difficult situation as there were no other placements students to interact with so any activities were in a different environment with more senior colleagues.