HR Placement Student at Cummins

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Darlington North East
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Human Resources

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8.0/10

The Role
7.8
Organisation
8.0

Socialising

8.2

The Role

Role Description

• Support coordination of recruitment on site
• Maintaining employee files in a highly confidential and sensitive manner
• Site point of contact for the time attendance system and OneSource (oracle)
• Maintaining headcount reports/month metrics
• Helping the absence management process
• Arranging onboarding for new starters and inductions in HR/H&S
• Assisting the visa/relocation process
• Supporting team in employee relations issues
• Coordinating site recognition committee
• Coordination of invoices through Ariba

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

My time at Cummins was the most valuable and most enjoyable part of my business degree thus far. I met people who ensured I pushed myself to reach my strengths, and found my weaknesses so I could build upon those. This made me a much more confident professional going into my final year of university and thus graduate positions.

9/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

My immediate team that I was based in invested a lot of time into my growth, and followed my progress with bi weekly appraisals ensuring I was comfortable with my work, and providing support with things I was struggling with. I was also given space to be independent to ensure I learnt from my own mistakes and developed myself. The rest of the business made me feel extremely welcome.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Our leadership team were heavily involved in my placement year and the other students in different departments on their placement years - providing us with projects to complete and support through those. My supervisor supported me greatly through our 1-1 meetings where I learnt to raise my concerns or stresses so they could be resolved quickly.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

During my time on placement I was fairly busy, and sometimes too busy, and other times my work balance was just right. I really valued these periods of being 'too' busy though, as it provided me with the skills to learn how to manage my time and prioritise my workload. These skills will be extremely valuable during my final year of studies.

7/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

During my time at Cummins I was given ample responsibility; that of which I would if I was a full time regular within the business. Again, this made me feel part of the team and gave my work great purpose as I really felt I was contributing to the success of the team.

7/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I have developed are second to none from Cummins and everyone I have encountered during my year here. I have taken part in training based around my soft skills (presentation, professionalism, communication) and also specific training based around my subject which I can take to roles when I graduate - software training, people management training etc.

5/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office is an extremely professional environment, with some light heartedness at times. I valued this sense of formality as it made working easier and speaking to people within a work setting far more purposeful than if the 'fun never stopped'. People were more than happy to help no matter what I was struggling with,.

7/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement scheme was well set up, but could have been slightly improved upon, but I have fed these possible changes back and have seen them actioned for our next intake so I would say with these changes my year has suggested - the placement scheme would be seamless. The business is really focused on student development and giving a student every opportunity to flourish.

8/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The firm invested heavily in all our development meaning we grew individually and within our specific departments/specialties but also as a group of colleagues. We had a student development group that met every week heavily supported by leadership which I felt really aided me in my growth as both a professional and as somebody who can now work through conflict and issues raised within a team setting.

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
10/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Future opportunities within Cummins is something that really appeals to myself as a prospective business graduate. The graduate scheme mirrors the placement scheme in its success for the growth of those on it, and I'd love to be in a similar environment for the start of my professional career to what I have been this year.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The friends that I have made this year on placement are now some of my best friends, and the colleagues that I have worked with I plan to keep in touch with in the future. Although we did not plan ample social events outside of work, the professional relationships I have built with people really provided me with a feeling of support and appreciation in my time here.

10/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I lived at home during my placement year due to only living down the road from the plant - but the location of the plant is in a pleasant town, with plenty around to do. The other students all being based in the same area was also good as we often did things as a grou

10/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Darlington's nightlife isn't the best, but can be fun with the right people. There is plenty big cities just a short train journey away to enjoy those too - Newcastle, York, Leeds, Durham and Middlesbrough are all easy to get to so they also provide a different scene for nightlife.

6/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

As a student who lived at home I thought maybe I would be left out of things that students who had moved here took part in, but we often met for a meal. We went bowling and for a meal with Cummins and some of our mentors when we first started which was a brilliant ice breaker.

7/10

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