1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working in recruitment was not what I had previously anticipated for myself when undertaking a placement year. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year with Randstad. Everyday presented a new set of challenges for me to adapt to. My role was incredibly fulfilling and I have learned skills that I can now transfer to my future career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I worked within a team of 6 as part of Talent Acquisition at Randstad. This meant that we all worked within a close proximity to each other and we were regularly working alongside each other. I did feel valued by my colleagues, whilst working within the Talent Acquisition Team, cohesion, cooperation and respect was crucial.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
From accepting the placement role to me completing my years placement I was always provided with excellent support within my role. I was given training by members of my team and by the company's own learning and development department. I always felt comfortable asking questions and for clarification of roles I was working on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Working in recruitment, every day was different. Each day provided me with a new set of challenges. Yes,
there were some days that were busier than others but there was always work to be done so I was busy everyday. Working on different roles up and down the country meant that no day was the same and the job was never repetitive or boring.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my placement year I was given a lot of responsibility. I was treated like every other employee and was given the freedom to complete my work as I saw fit. Within my first week of work I was encouraged to work on my own and utilise the training that I had been given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I learned during my placement year I will be able to transfer into further work and a future career. The discipline, organisation and commitment that working with Randstad has given me will help me with completing my university degree. After being given an insight into interview processes and what makes a good CV I feel I am now well equipped for when the time comes to apply to graduate roles.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere within the office was both professional and productive. Music was played and you'd always hear people talking on the phones so it was a busy environment as well. Everyone within the office was always friendly and approachable. There were kitchen facilities to make tea and coffee as well as cook food.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From start to finish the set up of my placement was always well organised. My manager was in regular contact with me even before I had started working for the company. If I had any queries or concerns I could ask. When travelling to the office headquarters all of my travel was prearranged.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given training by both members of my team as well as being enrolled on a training programme that was conducted by the company's own learning and development department. The company invested a lot of time and effort in ensuring that I had gained sufficient training and that I felt confident performing my job role.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
After working in Recruitment for a year I definitely think that this industry opens door. There are always new opportunities both within Randstad and the industry in general. My placement year has motivated me to investigate further work that I could embark on within the recruitment environment. I would like to combine knowledge from my career and my placement year.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there were events that were both set up for all employees and placement students in particular. People would regularly go for drinks after work. Cocktail evenings and wine tasting are examples of some of the social events that took place during my placement year. It was always encouraged that teams went out and socialised together.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Working in London was expensive but the experience gained from working within the city was invaluable. This did not prevent me from going out and socialising with members of my team. Through working for Randstad I was able to get discounts on lots of things which was always a nice bonus.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London has an amazing nightlife! No matter where you are in the city there are pubs, clubs and bars that you could go to. As a team we went out together to have drinks and play crazy golf. I had never been out in London until working in the city.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
People would regularly go for drinks after work. Cocktail evenings and wine tasting are examples of some of the social events that took place during my placement year. It was always encouraged that teams went out and socialised together. In my team we went to a boxing session together and crazy golf.