1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Golfbreaks offers the perfect environment for a placement student to thrive. I have loved working for a young, energetic and passionate company with like minded colleagues. My job has been varied and interesting, and I have learnt so much to take into the final year of university. Windsor is also a very nice place to live, although the cost of living is quite high.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I could not have felt more welcome from the beginning. Everyone, especially in the marketing team, is very friendly and helpful. I have been made to feel like an important member of the team with real tasks that have a genuine impact upon the business. I have made some really strong friendships, and enjoy regular socials, post-work drinks and weekly 5-a-side football with my colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has been instrumental in my placement year. I have been given constant on-the-job training, support and guidance, and he is always available to answer any questions and offer help when needed. The senior management are also always open for a chat, and so I have been surrounded by people who are willing to help me learn.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have always felt that my workload has been manageable. If I have ever felt overloaded, or that I do not have enough work, my manager has always been available to help out. Working in the marketing team means that there are always plenty of jobs to do. The variety of tasks also means that the workload does not become monotonous and boring.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been given a great deal of responsibility, especially as time has gone by during my placement year. From assisting in projects that are key to the business, to taking control of my own SEO project, I have felt that my work always has a real value. My colleagues have also always been grateful for my help and support.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Due to the nature of my degree, my placement year may not necessarily be of huge benefit in my final year of uni. However, it has most definitely had a huge impact on my direction and ambitions for my future career. I have learnt a great deal during the year that will put me in a great position post studies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone in the office is on first name basis, including the directors. The atmosphere is always warm and fun, and everyone is willing to have a chat whilst getting their work done. As the company takes on so many placement students, and as a lot of graduates return, there are a lot of like-minded young people at Golfbreaks.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Everything has been very well organised, from initially applying for the job to now. After learning of my success in getting the job, HR introduced all of the new placement students to each other to allow us to find housing in the area. The pre-placement day was also a really good 'icebreaker', to meet my colleagues before actually starting work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
In terms of on-the-job training and development, I could not have asked for more help and support from my manager and other colleagues. It would have been really good to maybe have external training, to help learn things outside of my day-to-day job about the marketing industry. However I feel as though I was given all the support and training necessary to be successful in my role.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects within the organisation are really appealing. As mentioned previously, a lot of employees have returned to Golfbreaks upon graduation, many of whom spent a placement year here. The office environment and people here, as well as the role itself, would make me very interested in returning after uni.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The placement students at Golfbreaks have all generally formed a close-knit group, and we regularly have post-work drinks and nights out. This has not been limited to the placement students, however, and you do not feel isolated as a group. Full time employees are very happy to mix and socialise with placement students.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Windsor is a really expensive place to live. However if you start looking early and are organised, you can find an affordable place to live that is close to work. I paid approximately £480 per month in a 3 bed flat with 2 other students in a really good location. However some students paid quite a lot more as they left finding somewhere to live until the last minute. The cost of a pint can also be very high - expect to pay between 4 and 5 pounds.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Windsor is not great for nightlife. There are only a couple of clubs, but a lot of pubs and bars. I prefer to spend a night going round different pubs to going to clubs anyway, so for me this was not really a big issue. Reading and London are also fairly nearby, so there is better nightlife within easy enough reach.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As Golfbreaks is such a young and sociable company, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in out of work opportunities. I have played football twice a week, had regular team nights out, as well as company socials. I have also been to France and Wales with colleagues to play golf outside of work.