1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved the placement, it was an opportunity to explore an industry that not a lot of people understand fully, while also developing some really transferable skills that I will use throughout university and my career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I immediately felt like part of the team, as soon as I arrived. They warmly welcomed me and the other new starter in the exact same way, even though I am only here for 6 months and she would be here on a permanent contract.
I receive praise for when I work hard, and get rewarded in turn. I even had a "Randstad Stars" awarded to me for my efforts recently.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
From the start I had some initial training and learning, but the best way to learn is by actually doing the Job. I started within the first day or two, but I didn't feel too pressured or stressed about it. The environment was set out to be OK if you make mistakes, as it is brand new to you.
For around the first two weeks I would have daily catch up meetings with my supervisors to check how my progress is going, how I could improve, and how I am feeling about the job. After I gained confidence they weren't needed as much, so we did them weekly instead, or whenever I felt i needed to.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had a decent amount of work to do, with Resourcing you have to work until you fill the role. With multiple roles on I could switch what I am working on in a day, morning, afternoon, or couple of days. I wouldn't have to worry about working during my lunch, or outside of working hours, but I was suitably challenged that I would be working all the time during work!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As I became more confident and started to learn the processes, techniques, and the industry better, I was given more responsibilities. I started off with just screening candidates, and then I would sit in on interviews to see how to interview someone, and I would listen in on telephone interviews too. When I felt ready I took a telephone interview.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I will be studying engineering at university, so a job in recruitment was not what most people think would be directly beneficial to my studies and career. However, working in the Construction, Property and Engineering branch, I am getting to learn different sectors in the Engineering and Construction industry, what Jobs happen and what they entail.
Also, the inter-personal skills I have developed are really beneficial to me in general. The telephone manner I have developed, as well as ability to question and work a candidate to find out as much relevant and useful information has been really valuable.
Furthermore, in a few years time I will be on the other side of the phone, as a candidate, so the knowledge and experience in this situation will be invaluable when applying for jobs to start my career after graduating.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A laid back office environment, even though it is a high performance team that covered the whole of the UK. All of my colleagues liked to have a laugh and a joke, while they worked. Really friendly environment that meant you could be productive but also have some not too serious moments too
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Really well, training all ready and in place for the start, as well as all logins and computer resources. Randstad have an industry leading learning and development program (called RISE), which I had the opportunity to use. As well as access to all the major Job boards and programs they use.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Randstad have an industry leading learning and development program (called RISE), which I had the opportunity to use. As well as access to all the major Job boards and programs they use. There is a dedicated L&D team, and I also had external training from companies like Linkedin and Monster Job Boards
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I feel like the prospects of employment at Randstad after this placement are really high. I feel like I really belong as part of the team, and from the start we talked about what I would do if i stayed in the industry, how I could do it, and so on.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there were regularly organised nights out or meals. When we started we had a team night out, to a bar near us, and also for Christmas we had a Christmas breakfast, Secret Santa, night out. Working in London and with another team, there were loads of opportunities for after work drinks too.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is quite expensive, but has its perks. I travel to work on the tube, which takes a chunk of your wage out, but that is also because I live on the outskirts of London myself. Nights out can be expensive, but it depends what you drink and how long you stay out for!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are lots of pubs and clubs right in the vicinity of where we worked. They were really good nights out as you get lots of people in the same situation as you, wanting to socialise and go out after work! There was always someone on the team up for a drink.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?