1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at pladis - the experiences you get are life changing and really build your confidence and maturity. The placement allowed me to discover myself more; using various systems and communicating with members of the business around the globe.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues respected my opinions and made sure that as an intern, I was comfortable with the wrok load I had been given. As well as that they were always there to support me and appreciated the time I gave to the company throughout my placement.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager made sure she had a meeting with me every week starting from the very beginning of my placement. I was able to have interesting 1-to-1s - including work based topics to anything else I felt like sharing. I was guided through complex systems such as SAP; this is something I wouldn't have been able to conquer without the help of my manager and supervisor systems analyst.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On a daily basis my business would vary. Towards the winter period I was extremely busy due to training and amending a new project my team had been involved with. some days I would have more free time than others but it was never overwhelming.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility very quickly. I trained managers in London through our new project and also travelled with other interns to Wigston and MDC in our company car. I really appreciated how much trust the company had for us and the level of autonomy we was given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The most important system that has helped my systems development is SAP - this is used in majority of system based jobs - I had never used SAP and I am now a regular, daily user of SAP and therefore this will assist me in my jobs to come and perhaps even graduate job.
Working in an office around many different people has allowed me to understand and work with different personalities and equally gain patience. The training at pladis has made me grow tremendously in the past 12 months and it is a part of my life I am proud of and now look to the future using the experiences this placement has given me.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A happy and cheerful office with positive vibes and a 'family-like' environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well structured - intern modules were set for the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invested in me through doing intern projects, learning with external teachers in London to help the students with presentation skills and interviews etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - I am more than likely going to apply for a graduate scheme here
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The intern project conducted a great social space for me and the other 15 interns, with whatsapp groups, skype meetings etc.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
cheap - we have a retail park situated next door so it wasn't hard to go places nearby
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Depending on what site you are on (Liverpool, London (Hayes), Halifax) etc.. then Liverpool probably is the best.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes - there was opportunities to go Birmingham for advert events and also to work in your Local Tesco and present the new Mcvities stand for Christmas biscuits.