Recruitment consultant for marketing professionals in the public sector
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Hays recruitment. I have had a hugely supportive team around me but also been given a large degree of autonomy to be independent. The culture at Hays is vibrant and highly social and the "work hard play hard" ethos is fully implemented here.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I am treated and valued as much as any full consultant at Hays. Senior management all know who I am and are aware of my successes. My billings this year contributed to over 10% of my teams fee's over the 12 months. At no point did I feel like an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Hays have a strong belief in promoting consultants into managerial roles early on in their careers. The benefit of this to an intern is that there is no shortage of people to turn to when looking for help. I directly reported into my manager but also had the team manager and director to provide guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Extremely. There is rarely a time at Hays where you have not got something to do. Everything is KPI driven and the bonus scheme for interns revolves around your ability to meet these targets. There is a strong proactive mentality around the company which means if business is quiet, this is an opportunity for create your own.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given full autonomy to build up my desk as I liked. There has been full trust in me to succeed. There is no element of micromanagement.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Busy and vibrant. There is 'Work hard, play hard' atmosphere across the whole office and the organisation.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Extremely well structured to begin with. Lots of training for the first months. This coupled with time sat at your desk with your team gives you a great start to your placement. You are treated as a full consultant and there isn't a sense of being an intern as such.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
For the first month you get a full training schedule going through everything from good content/creative writing skills to negotiation/sales skills and business development. You will also have a week out of office with other interns on an intensive training course covering things like system navigation etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It is likely you will be offered a graduate role when you come back. However, you will still only come back as an associate (for 3 months) despite having completed a year with the organisation already.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
If you are placed in one of the central London offices the social scene with other interns is fantastic. In my office there were 13 interns and we socialised together a huge amount.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being base in Victoria on an interns wage made socialising in the area quite testing at times. Pints are minimum £5 - £6. However, that tends to be the standard price across London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good. We have a pub attached to our office...
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
we had regular team incentives where we would go for drinks/dinner etc.