shop assistant at John Lewis Partnership

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
sussex South East
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About You
The Organisation
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About You

Role Description

working as a shop assistant

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

great- learnt a lot about the retail industry as well as getting valuable work experience which will help me when applying for future jobs. i found it very enjoyable and picked up lots of skills that will be transferable to any field of work i may wish to pursue.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

i felt like i was a part of the team despite only working there for a relatively short period of time - the team were incredibly helpful and supportive and i think that really helped me get the most out to my experience. i would definitely say my coworkers made my experience memorable


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

i initially received a lot of guidance which was really useful to be in the beginning since i was very new and didn't know my way around. with time they gave me less support which i thought was appropriate since i no longer need any guidance. really felt like they put in extra effort for me


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

i developed valuable communication skills as i had to work in a team with many people - we all worked to each others strengths which made working a lot more efficient
i developed independence too because i had to do my individual tasks on my own and it helped me become less reliant.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

the placement was well structured because it was very detailed in what i would be doing. i found that there was a great balance between support and independence and i always felt like i knew what i was doing or i knew who to talk to if i had a problem


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

it was a very positive work environment and all my co workers were supportive. i really felt as though everyone was positive and optimistic throughout the duration of every shift and they were also very supportive. overall it was a very positive and motivating place to work and that made the placement great.


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

i got lots and lots of training throughout the week because i was working on many departments and learning to adapt to lots of roles within the workplace. after this i had no more training but that is understandable . i felt like the company really invested in me in the programme


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

i felt like i got a great insight into what it would be like to work in waitrose because i worked a good number of shifts. my co workers also talked to me about their experiences in employment which helped me learn all about working there and what its really like


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

i learnt a lot more than i expected about company culture since i was there for such a short period of time. all of the people around me were very helpful and willing to chat which meant i could learn a lot about the community and the culture of the community


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

this placement made me all the more determined to pursue a career in retail because i learnt that i enjoyed it - even if i didnt enjoy it i think it would be just as helpful in helping me decide a career path that i might want to pursue in the future


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

since it was work experience only i received no payment but this was clearly stated when i applied

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

i met lots of employees during my work experience and i had lots of time to talk to them between shifts and during breaks - it meant that i improved communication skills and i learnt a lot from them during the duration of my placement - it was really helpful


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

i went to lots and lots of social events outside of work and it was a great opportunity to network and meet new people and make lots of new friends - this was one of the major highlights of my placement and one of the main reasons id recommend it


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

yes! i found out about and attended many events outside of work - it was a great opportunity to learn about the placement, make friends and network. it really enhanced my communication skills and was a really exciting addition to the placement. i really think its a great idea to hold events like this in the future.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

overall i would absolutely recommend this to a friend - i learnt a lot from the people around me and from the manufacturer but perhaps even more importantly i really really enjoyed this experience and i would really encourage anyone to try it if the opportunity presents itself to them