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Placement Trainee Commerical Manager at Marks & Spencer

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Belfast Northern Ireland
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Business Management Customer Service Human Resources Retail

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5.8/10

The Role
7.0
Organisation
5.0

Socialising

5.0

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I had a fantastic time on my placement year, from day 1 I wasn't treated as 'the placement student', but was given responsibility, respect and a place within a high performing team of commercial managers in the store I was placed.

9/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Highly valued. I was given a mentor who supported me throughout the entire process. He ensured I was on track with the programme and ensured I had the support I needed to carry out my role. When I did a good job my manager congratulated me, which made me feel highly valued. When failures occurred, I was given an opportunity to learn through these and my manager helped me to understand how these could have been avoided.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Weekly catchups with my mentor, in additional to quarterly reviews with my line manager meant that I was given constant support and guidance throughout my programme. However I was responsible for arranging these and pushing my own development, this was beneficial as it taught me the importance of driving my own performance.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Each day I was extremely busy. Spending time in every function of the store, in a hands on fashion ensured I learnt the skills of the job with the team on the shop floor. After setting up my team and ensuring the store was ready to trade I was involved in compliance, completing service walk-arounds, walking the shop floor to consider sales performance, ensuring our people policies were being adhered to- amongst many other things!

5/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given responsibility from day 1, however this responsibility increased throughout my programme. At the start of my programme I was responsible for a small team however as I developed my skills and competencies, my responsibility increased. Ultimately I was able to cover as a commercial manager to cover a 2 month holiday, being responsible for the entire team, customer service and stock management within that business unit.

5/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

No matter what career I choose the experience developed in a dynamic retail environment will always stand by me. The people skills are invaluable.

5/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

5/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

5/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • There were no perks with this Placement Year
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

5/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

5/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

5/10