shop assistant at John Lewis Partnership

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
sussex South East
Review Date
Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Retail

8.3/10

About You
7.8
The Organisation
8.5
Everything Else

8.5

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.

7/10

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

8/10

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

9/10

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.

7/10

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

7/10

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.

8/10

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

9/10

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

9/10

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

9/10

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

9/10

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

9/10

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

8/10

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.

9/10

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

8/10