1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have absolutely loved my experience working at Waitrose. The personal and professional experience I've gained has been so valuable. I wish I could stay for longer than a year!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel that my knowledge and experience is valued by the majority of my colleagues and have rarely felt like 'the placement student', but you do need to prove your worth, as with any job.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have experienced fantastic and regular line manager support and this has been a highlight of the placement. I have felt completely supported where I am less confident, but also given opportunities that take me out of my comfort zone for my own personal development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The placement has kept me really busy, working on various projects. However there is a really great work-life balance and time for lunch and coffee breaks on a daily basis.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The area I work in is a key focus for the business so there are a number of exciting projects, both short and longer term, that I've been able to work on. I have been able to manage my own key project throughout the year, as well as support many other senior projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My degree subject in theory and in reality are two very different things - it’s so important to get the industry experience. A year in industry was the perfect opportunity to put all I’ve learnt in my degree into context and to transfer my skills and knowledge to a working environment.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The wider department is quite serious, but always time for a laugh at lunch time or within my team.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My experience has been very smooth and everything was ready when I arrived. My placement has been very structured which has helped me get more out of it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company has invested in several development day just for the placement student cohort which have been really valuable. I have been able to attend several other training courses and conferences too.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate scheme is currently on hold and there are very few entry level jobs available.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I have become really close friends with many of the placement students, and 5 of us have actually lived together throughout the placement. We have gone on several trips away and visited eachothers home cities/towns and universities.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
More expensive than I am used to having gone to university in the north, but not extortionate.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are several bars, clubs and restaurants, but also less than I am used to compared to university.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are numerous clubs and societies which you can join, but it's up to you to get involved.