1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved working in the HR team at Randstad, and the experience I had has really set me up for the future. I started my placement with very little knowledge of HR and the team took the time to really help me learn. If there was anything I wanted to do my manager would try her best to arrange and I really felt like an employee not a placement student.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
One of the best things about working for Randstad is the people. I did not expect to have such an amazing team who were willing to help me and answer any questions now matter how silly it seemed. I loved my team and I think they contributed a lot towards my placement experience.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I think I have been very lucky with my manager. One of the best things about her is that she will not stand over 24/7, however she was always there whenever I needed her. She takes the time to make everyone feel valued and supported.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Each day was different and the tasks and people I interacted where so no one day was the same. Some days were quieter than others, however there was always something I could be working on and my team would always let me get involved with what they were working on.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was really surprised at the amount of responsibility I was given (from day 1). I could always see how my work contributed to the team, and as my confidence has grown I have been given even more responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Within my first two weeks I felt that I learnt so much more than I ever expected I would from my placement year. I learnt skills beyond my HR Assistant role, and developed so many skills that I did not anticipate to. I always knew that I wanted to complete a placement year, before starting university, however I did not appreciate how valuable it would have been. I think this is mostly due to the support that my manager and team gave me.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
We always had fun however we knew to work hard and when to get our heads down and work. I would say we had the perfect balance of work and fun. Everyone was really friendly and I felt like I could approach anyone.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would say it was organised very well - I would have 1:1 meetings with my manager to plan the months ahead and have a plan of action.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company allowed me to go on different courses around the UK and visit the offices in London. They would work hard to provide me with opportunities and training to enrich my HR knowledge. I found this really generous of Randstad
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I believe that if I do commit to HR, Randstad would be the perfect place for me to return when I have graduated.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
In my office there was only one other placement student. I think this was good though because it meant that we were forced to integrate with our teams more, rather than an intern and colleague divide that I have heard of in other companies. My team would always try and organise out of work activities too.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
For me I did not have the chance to save any money from placement due to the price of commuting and rent etc. However, the year out of university was for my personal development, not to make money.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?