Working in the Client Solutions department:
• Responsible for the delivery of skilled contract and permanent professionals to suit our varied
• Responsibility for client and candidate management and the management of one whole client or
part of one larger client
• Work on multiple delivery projects spanning various clients and time frames
• Generate candidates directly using innovative sourcing methods
• Work closely with Senior Delivery Consultants to ensure the success of critical areas.
• Help build relationships at the highest levels to increase credibility in additional business areas
• Maintain and create candidate pools for direct hires
• Embrace and adapt to changing client requirements
I enjoyed working at Randstad, through the new learning experiences and skills that I gained throughout the 12 months that I was there. Even though at times it was quite stressful, the team helped me get through the difficult challenges, to meet our rewarding targets.
My colleagues were constantly supportive in all that I did, helping me when I needed and guiding me along the way. I never felt like me asking a stupid question was judged upon and the atmosphere at work was constantly positive and fun.
I was given support by my manager at all times. There was never a moment when I felt like I had no one to turn to, if I was completely stuck. Even towards the end of the placement, I could ask 500 questions a day and still get the same support that I would have at the start of my placement, even though I had developed throughout the year and knew a lot more than when I started.
Some days were more busy than others, but majority of the time, everyday was quite busy. Sometimes I stayed back after work to complete tasks or meet targets, however, if one person stayed back, the rest of the team offered to stay back as well, so even though staying back seems like something most people wouldn't want to do, I enjoyed it, because it was quite chilled and fun but at the same time we were still getting work done.
After the initial 4 weeks of training and getting to grips with everything, we were given as much responsibility as someone who had been working there for 2 years. We were treated exactly the same as a permanent member of the company, not just as placement students.
The skills that I have developed along the way, have made me feel much more confident in assisting me in the future, for when I complete my degree and look onto finding a new job. I have learnt a lot of life lessons along the way, which I will take forward with me.
The atmosphere in the office was always so upbeat and positive. Everyone got a long so well it felt like a tight knit work family. Everyone felt comfortable talking to each other, we had the odd team quiz nights, pub nights etc, which made it easier for us as placement students to fit in.
The placement was very organised, and efficient. When we needed favours for our uni work from the managers or fellow colleagues, it was so easy to book in a time to complete what we had too. We had an internal calendar where we could see what people had booked throughout the day and an internal 'hangout' system, making it easier to communicate internally with everyone, without getting up to go to them or waiting for email replies. We also had a jobs meeting every morning for about 10 minutes to go through the days work and to make sure everyone knew what they had to do, and if anyone had any concerns regarding the previous day or just in general.
In terms of personal training, Randstad sent us away to Luton for two days, to complete training exercises to make sure we were comfortable with the policies and procedures in place. We also had a team building day in the Summer, where we all went away and completed team exercises.
In terms of future prospects, Randstad have a good employment programme in place, meaning if after the placement year, you do a good job, the may offer you to come back after you finish your degree, for a permanent position.
The social scene was very good not just with placement students, but also with colleagues who have been working there for a long time. There were quite a few young colleagues there as well, so we would go out for drinks on a Friday night or chill in the office till quite late. There were a lot of good pubs and bars around where we worked, so there was always a new place to go to. It was great!
The living cost in London is very high, especially if you want to live close to Randstad's office, as it is based in Central London. However, I stayed with family so cost of living wasn't that much for me. In terms of buying food and drink in and around the office, it was quite expensive, especially for a student but then the salary that Randstad give is enough to cover it.
There was always something going on somewhere, if you wanted to go for a drink on a Monday night, there were always people in every bar, regardless of what day it was. Never a dull moment.
There were some, but because of the time when I finished work, I was tired and so couldn't be bothered to do any extra activities. However, Randstad did have team rounders games, picnics, quiz nights etc so it was ok.