1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoy the ethos of the company and being able to be a part of its positive impact it has globally. Also, to have had a job which both allows me to individually get on with my work and also interact with a vast range of people has allowed me to really appreciate my time here. I have also enjoyed getting to know the people I have met and become friends with along the way.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I think that my team understands what it is like to be a intern and has been so supportive answering my many questions. I do feel valued by them as the work I do is helpful and contributing to their overall goals to improve service level and manage the stock in the warehouse efficiently. Moreover, I value my colleagues and appreciate everything they teach me and the extra tasks they give me to do to widen my experience.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has also been there, literally sitting on the rows of desks behind or contactable via email if I ever have any questions. The team have been so supportive if ever did anything wrong or didn't understand something. Supervisors for projects I have worked on have given up their time to meet with me and check in on my progress.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had a steady number of tasks day in and day out with time for projects. Therefore just how busy each day was depended on other activities such as meetings and training which could take up a whole afternoon. Additionally the extent to which the different projects I worked were underway affected how much time I needed to or could spend on them and therefore altering how busy a day would be for me.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount of responsibility during my placement, carrying out important daily tasks, for instance, to issue catch ups on orders for thousands of units. However along with the support of the team within which I worked these responsibilities did not feel daunting. I felt it was a good level of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The two most valuable skills I have developed are excel and one of business experience, understanding and etiquette. The excel skills I have learnt and ben trained up with are important for almost any job I might end up with in the future. Additionally, learning how to work in a business environment and interact with the people around either via email or catching them at their desk is an skill useful in all settings.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The floor which I worked on CPD, was lively with birthday celebrations weekly, people happily chatting here and there, and buzz emanating from the work area in general. Some people had headphones in and quietly got on with their work whilst others would discuss their plans for a project at their desk. With products in boxes and bags lining the floors and surfaces it was certainly a busy atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was a lot set up and in place for my internship, such as numerous trainings, socials, reviews and drinks. However I myself was originally not placed within a specific team until a couple of days before my internship started and consequently the team I was placed in was not quite ready for me when I arrived!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Within our work hours the company provided many training sessions on excel, legal, pricing etc. In terms of development, many sessions introducing different areas of the company were arranged for us and there is encouragement to take time to better what you do by going and talking to others and learning how they carry out their tasks.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a grad scheme and dependent on the year different job opportunities are available afterwards
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes the intern cohort has a great social scene. An intern committee is set up every year with two social secs who arrange what the interns as a group what to do and when by feedback from us. Therefore this has involved sports, drinks, lunches and generally getting us interns together on a regular basis.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Working in London means the cost of living and socializing is not cheap especially compared with northen uni prices that I am used to. There are cheaper places to go out socializing but not loads everywhere. Living prices are always going to be expensive in London, some areas cheaper than others but travel costs too and its all adding up!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London has all the places
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a few sports opportunities and maybe some more team based ones but not loads of variety!