Aftersales Assistant Buyer - Buyer for commodities Headliners and Paint. Responsible for tool scrapping and supporting the other buyers.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The other undergraduates and colleagues were great. When I was busy the work was enjoyable as well, however I didn't like living in Luton.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues would ask me for help and for my opinion much more towards the end of my placement but it seemed to take a while for some of them to value me and the job I was doing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My first manager left me to it a bit and I looked to my colleagues for help and advice, but my second line manager would always have time to help. The mentoring scheme was also very good for me but not everyone had good active mentors.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was a period of a few months where I had next to no work to do. This was roughly 3 months into my placement and it did eventually pick up and I finished the placement with 4 or 5 months of busy work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The second half of my placement I had a lot of responsibility added to my placement and job. More work was given to me as I took over two commodities, which is the same level of work as the full-time buyers.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Some of the skills such as, communication within a team and presenting skills will translate to any job. but my knowledge of the industry won't translate to just any job. Therefore the skills should transfer relatively well.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone in the office was very nice and good fun. There was very rarely an issue and I would happily work with them all again.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work allocated between the two aftersales assistant buyers wasn't distributed well at all until later on when the work load began to balance out with my role taking on more work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel like they did the basics. Whilst there may have been some more training that I could have taken part in but didn't I would say they promoted learning on the job rather than in a presentation room.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
this Placement Year
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Whilst I know that some people have come back to Vauxhall after placement, it is very rare and there isn't a postgraduate scheme in place. They focus more on apprentices.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Whilst some undergraduates kept to themselves generally we were always chatting and socializing at lunch. I lived with other undergrads as well and had a great time. there were plenty of nights out, trips to the pub and going out for dinner throughout the year in my group as well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was more than at uni, but I was expecting that moving down south. Socializing wasn't too much different to being back at home and uni but probably slightly more expensive. So overall it was fine.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is no real nightlife in Luton. You can go to St Albans or into London but actually in luton you have a few bars and some slightly dodgy pubs but if you have good company you'll still enjoy a night out in Luton. Just be careful.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We were able to do 2 CSR days (charity work) and but there wasn't much else available.