Delivering a recruitment solution for a large client. Sourcing and placing candidates for various clerical roles across the country.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
One of the best opportunities I could have asked for. The team here are so supportive and are completely behind you to perform well and succeed in the business. I learnt valuable skills that I can transfer across my career and gained exactly what I needed from a professional placement year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I never felt isolated as a placement student and there was an incredible amount of mutual respect not only within our team but across the office. The environment was incredible and I was constantly exposed to senior members of staff who were supportive and approachable.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I always felt supported by the team around me. I felt more than comfortable asking questions about recruitment as an industry as well as the role that Randstad plays within it. I was able to apply this information to my work life as well as the university assignments I had to complete alongside the placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My team was mainly made up of placement students and we played a crucial part in the delivery of candidates and temporary workers for a key client. This was extremely demanding but equally rewarding as I was able to see the direct impact of the work I did everyday.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The nature of our work implied a lot of responsibility and in comparison to other students on placement we were given a unique opportunity to impact margins as well as the working lives of our candidates. This was an extremely rewarding experience and it gave me a unique insight into an industry that I had previously taken for granted.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
We were given a formal induction in Randstad as a whole as well as the formalities associated with the industry of recruitment. The majority of the training we received came from practical on-the-job learning and development that has taught me valuable lessons about my own personal learning style. This experience has been rewarding in more ways that I could have hoped and has helped me build professional relationships that have proved invaluable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a great balance between professionalism and fun. Everyone knew the importance of a work-life balance and there was a range of fun activities and events throughout the year. It was clear that everyone enjoyed the work that they did and felt appreciated and respected.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Due to the nature of recruitment and the account that I worked on throughout the year, aspects of my placement were somewhat chaotic. This was controlled chaos but it being my first professional role it became overwhelming at times. However, as soon as I expressed this it was respected and changes were made. I learnt valuable lessons about recruitment as a faced-paced industry and how I cope within that.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Personal training and development was integrated into our day-to-day roles as well as our induction training. I was given the opportunity to take part in a number of business trips. The shear amount of responsibility that was available to us facilitated continuous improvement and development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Randstad has a clear progression structure and there are a number of opportunities that have been made clear to me throughout the year. This role has remained varied and fast-paced throughout the year and has continued to show opportunities for progression in the future, which is inspiring. I would be more than happy to return to this company after graduating.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I have become really close with our team of placement students. It was great being among so many people who were in the same boat as me and had the same concerns. I was surprised by how quickly we were welcomed into the office and social environment. There was no awkwardness between the senior colleagues and more experienced recruiters. I feel the relationships I have developed here are
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is extremely expensive but you are able to find some good deals with existing university accounts! The only financial issues that I faced were my season ticket for the train. Randstad has a scheme in place that helps spread the cost across the pay checks for the year which really helped out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were loads of pubs and clubs around the office and the city has loads of fun nights and evenings out. It took a while to adjust to the full-time work structure which meant that I couldn't go out as much in comparison to uni but it was still an incredible atmosphere to be in.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We took part in a number of charity and out of work activity which was really rewarding. Randstad values their employees and the community they work within which was made clear to me throughout the year. This added further opportunities to develop my relationships with my colleagues as well as support our wider community.