Different department of course has different experience, mine was great but not over the top. The opportunities and insights were given in each time which delivers that excitement in the placement. Amazing manager and people working with made the placement even better. However personally if they could amp up the challenge a bit, that would be much more fun overall.
I was allocated to training and project just like other staffs in the company. Although there are a wide age gap between me and my colleagues, they actually valued me in the team just as how they valued the other members. The more I spend time with them, the more they know that I am capable of doing the stuffs that they are doing.
Resource manager and placement manager were always there if you need to talk about things that you wish it could be changed. They were really supportive and tries to make your experience as the best as it could be in this one year. That said, they cannot give everything you wanted in the placement but I can assure that they did their best to make it.
First 3 months of my placement were crazy lots of learning and training. It was fun and definitely what I was looking for in the placement. However, the last 3 months of my placement is very quite. There are opportunities that I could take part but most of them are the things that I am not interested to do.
The responsibility that actually matters to the company was given to me in the first half of the placement, while the second half was just a bit dull. It still holds some core to the company but I was not interacting with the client or any important projects. Which I wish I could had done more
The experience that I had here was more than what I learn or trained as, but also giving me a lot of ideas on what I am going to do in the future. This gives me the overview of how work is going to be, that I think a short term internship could not give.
I moved from office to office, so I am always getting a new excitement when going to a workplace. The office itself looks professional and busy, but the people are always up for some fun (although they looked serious). Overall, I think most people will like the place where ever they are based.
The paperwork and events organised by the human resource department for the placement students are very well organised. I wish the department that I am working for had also the same idea. They were well organised in their plans and what they are going to do, but as time goes, it swings a bit back and forth. But it was a good experience.
I think the placement that I am in is more to invest to my skills more than what I will do for the company. They did not try to milk out your energy to get a cheap labour, instead they are trying to make you more professional when you are out of the placement. So training and development are amazing.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
Depends on the department that you are working with, and also your individuality and your desire to work. Computacenter does not offer a job directly after you finish your placement, however in my case (if the staff in your team are happy with your performance throughout the year) they gave me an offer.
There are only 16 of us in this year placement and thanks to a person that always organising an event, we are much much closer than what I thought we would be. The people that this company employs are not boring people, if you are asking them to do something fun, they will always up for it.
The living cost here is a bit disappointing for what I experience in terms of accommodation. Although I had a good place to stay but in my opinion, the house that we rented were just too expensive. The town and surrounding is also not bad but could have been way better. But the sports cars around here make up for it.
Small bars here and there, shopping mall closes early, the city center is a bit dead most of the times. Nothing much that I could say about the area I worked in but a return train ticket to London is cheap, so you obviously know where I am going with this.
Personally, I have many hobbies which makes me getting involved in many things outside of work is easy. But for my friends, they are just either staying in their room (if its cold) or sitting outside (when its warm). Can do a bit of shopping in the mall near here but nothing special.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Computer and Systems Engineering, Computer Science