Managing a 360 desk of both candidates and clients, trying to win business and place candidates.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship has been largely enjoyable - the level of responsibility you are given I doubt could be matched anywhere else and you get a chance to make a real impact. The workload is initially challenging to get used to but ultimately it's a great learning experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The sense of team is one of the best things about working here - you are truly valued as one of the team and your contributions are recognised. Being an intern does not affect the way people interact with you, I feel I am valued just as much as employees who have been with the business for 20 years plus.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The managers (the ones I have come across) have always been happy to help. They won't spoon feed you though - independence is encouraged and you are essentially responsible for your own success.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There can be times where the workload means you may have to work through your lunch break or stay late, but this is reflective of the real world - it's never too much to cope with and you can ask for help if you need it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The level of responsibility you are given is another highlight of this placement. You are given ownership of one area of the business from day 1 and are trained as though you will be doing the role indefinitely - you have responsibility for your own clients and candidates and are given the independence to manage these however you see fit.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The knowledge you accumulate through being thrown in at the deep end is hugely transferrable. You are exposed to various aspects of business, from developing relationships, to negotiation, to managing difficult situations/ people etc.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
As we worked on a sales floor the atmosphere was generally lively. The banter between colleagues helps to motivate - it can be tense at times if something hasn't gone to plan, but most of the time the team is good fun.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Hays take on lots of interns every year so the process was pretty seamless. You are placed in a team where you will best be suited and generally nurtured by your team, however in the first few months you have lots of training sessions with the other interns which are well planned and useful.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There isn't a sense that you are "just an intern" - they provide training sessions and coaching throughout the placement that helps you to be come a better consultant, despite the fact you will be leaving. You are also encouraged to return after university if you do well whilst you're there.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There has been discussions about returning after university - nothing official has been put into place but I'm quite sure that if I wanted to go back after university I would be welcomed.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were several intern incentives throughout the year. The social aspect of my team in particular was great, drinks on a Friday after work are a regular occurrence.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As this is central London it's about as expensive as you can get - drinks are quite expensive and rent is worse. However the directors of the company are always generous and will offer to buy drinks if you are out with them.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area, you're almost spoilt for choice. Some can get quite expensive but there isn't a shortage of places to go.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Nothing that I am really aware of - however there are activities in the run up to Christmas and year end where the teams compete to win prizes which are always fun to get involved in.