1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much so, I was able to participate in a wide variety of marketing activities and was ultimately allowed to lead my own projects, which was very exciting and rewarding. Having the opportunity to worth with everyone in the marketing department meant I not only had a good variety in the work I was doing, but learnt a lot from those experiences
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt my contributions were valuable, and valued by my colleagues. The work I was given was often of importance, and as I was taught properly and applied myself, it was appreciated that I produced content to a high standard. I was given consistent feedback and the chance to improve my skills and worth with a variety of people.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During the start of my placement I was given a lot of support when attempting new tasks, and each member of the department worked to train me. As I improved and needed less monitoring, I received feedback for each project and when needed I was given useful guidance, and my manager or colleagues were always available for me to ask for help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days were busy, and I had plenty to do with daily tasks and my own projects to work on. I believe I still had the capacity to do more, especially when I completed projects or the department entered quiet periods, which meant I occasionally had to find something new to do to take up some time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given the correct amount of responsibility according to my skills and experience, therefore I became more responsible as my placement went on. I was given small admin tasks at the beginning, but as I proved myself and became more competent I was able to lead my own projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This experience has been very valuable. I think I have become a more independent worker, and am able to set myself goals more effectively and have an increased ability to critique my own work, as I have learnt to look at it more carefully as I was producing content the public was going to see.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Overall it was friendly and open, but could be a little too quiet at times.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The original plan for the structure of the placement was scrapped after I started, which I actually appreciated as it meant I could would on different topics over a longer period of time and my skills were better put to use. Placement could be improved by providing tasks for just the student, rather than leaching tasks off other staff members.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested a lot of time in training me for the position, with each member of the marketing department participating in both my initial training when I arrived so I could start my job, and throughout the placement when I needed to learn new programmes or skills. I also had the opportunity to attend several external networking events, which was a very good experience.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
this Placement Year
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
If a position was available after I graduated, I would apply and hope that my previous work with them would help my chances. I do not think they would be my first choice, if I was given an option, purely because I have already experienced working there and would like the chance to broaden my horizons
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only marketing placement student, but everyone who works at the RSM is very friendly, and there were many occasions when different departments socialised together
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area was Central London, which is well known to be extraordinarily expensive and no placement student in their right mind would actually be able to afford to live there, especially as many placements are not pain (even those that are probably would not be able to support renting costs). Socialising is still expensive in London, but you get to know the area or colleagues know cheaper places to go
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Central London is also well known for very good nightlife, and the immediate areas around the office had a plethora of pubs, bars, clubs, and other exciting place you might want to visit on a night out. Connecting by train or bus is also very easy, and it would not take long to get to another area of London if you desired.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The RSM had a social club which provided several events throughout the year, and obviously I would arrange to meet friends myself