1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great - tonnes of responsibility that you wouldn't get on another placement year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In store you are part of a team and everyone must pull their weight. Also, in head office you have the opportunity to submit your own project ideas to work on.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My mentor and director were truly excellent, both helped me develop throughout the process.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At Aldi you are always busy! There is always something to do, which is what makes it such a great place to work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Tonnes! You are essentially given the keys to a store and have the opportunity to run it. Following this you get to do meaningful project work that has a real impact upon the business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout the year I have developed so much. Working at Aldi has solidified my work ethic, given me a wealth of management experience and (most importantly) a fantastic insight into a career at Aldi.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everybody in store is incredibly hardworking - this translates to head office too.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Retail is very dynamic and no two days are ever the same. Therefore some of the structure reflects this. Which is great as it gives you the opportunity to do the unexpected - which I wouldn't change.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Store managers, Area Managers and Directors all invest their time in you to get you where you want to be. There is a perfect balance for self development and being developed by those around you.
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?
Very appealing - the aim of the scheme is certainly to come back as a Trainee Area Manager after graduating.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Industrial Placements work in different stores for the first 7 months of the scheme, then are together for the final 5 months. In the first 7 months there is interaction to support one another through the store time. The last 5 months require excellent working relationships to complete the set project work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I moved for the placement year, through choice of my own. This resulted in low cost of living but being far away from friends and family.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The area I moved to didn't have a nightlife - it certainly wasn't the reason I moved!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There wasn't much - I relied on traveling to see friends and family. This wasn't an issue.