Recruiting candidates and placing them into SEN schools or schools that have SEN bases. Contacting clients and getting jobs from them to fill.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
There are a lot of challenges you come across, but there is always help on hand. The people who work here are all lovely and welcome you in with open arms. I have gained so many new skills and feel more confident working in an office environment. Everyday is different and that is what is enjoyable about it.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My line manager always appreciated any successes I made. Sometimes if you had made great progress or achieved something great, the team will buy you something to celebrate and that makes you feel like you are doing a good job.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was an induction week at the Randstad main office in Luton which offers lots of support for all of the new work you will be taking on in the placement year. You will always have someone that you can message or talk to if you are struggling with anything. Every Monday I had weekly meetings with my line manager to help me with anything I needed extra support on and I can always ask during work if I need help with something.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There is always something to do. Sometimes you do have a lot of tasks to balance, but once you sort out your time management, which can take a while, you will be fine with the workload. It is usually very busy in the morning, as I was part of the education team, this in when lots of schools call in asking for cover.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel like because they valued us as colleagues rather than just placement year students, I got a lot of responsibility. I was dealing with candidates within the first week of working there and looked after clients once school term started in September. It was great to be pushed and challenged.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel like, even though I am doing a psychology degree, it has helped me gain skills for my future careers. I never knew what it was like to work in a fast paced office environment before and I think being pushed in the deep end by working with the second biggest recruitment company in the world has definitely helped me to gain skills in the working world. Also, as I work on the SEN desk, this has helped me gain more knowledge into child development, part of my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Sometimes it is very loud because everyone is on the phones, however, the team are great and everyone is lively and wants to do their best in the office. If someone gets a long term job role filled everyone is happy and congratulates them. It is a great office to work in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I know when my meetings are, I know what my weekly targets are, I know what tasks I need to do every week. The only reason it is not 10 stars is because there is the odd time where I am not completely sure if I should cover roles as soon as I know someone is unavailable to come into the school or if my manager needs to do give me permission to fill them, but that is very rare.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They definitely invested a lot. There was a whole week of training in Luton, which is quite the distance from Manchester, so the company is keen to make sure you get the training you need in the best place to do it. Also, if you stay on longer than a year, you can complete the RISE programme, which teaches you everything you need to know about recruitment. So this is good if you come back as a post-graduate. Also , there is training on the technologies we use and I get desk coaching quite a lot.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have been told that if placement students do well, there is a possibility of being offered a contract once we finish at university. With any relevant training for changes since leaving, you would jump right back into the role and carry on your career. I think it is a great way to train people for a year and then bring them back after university and they will know exactly what to do.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Sometimes my colleagues would invite everyone out after work, but this is rare at the moment. Everyone is quite busy. As part of the company they did a pub quiz for candidates and Randstad employees, there is also a murder mystery event soon. I know that other teams also go on activities sometimes.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I am very lucky to be living at home. In Manchester it is reasonably cheap to socialise, however living in the town centre can be very expensive, so if you are moving from a different city to live in Manchester for the placement year, you would have to pay for travel and live outside of central Manchester. However, transport links are great, especially with the metrolink and I think this costs around £45 a month.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life is great. There are so many different pubs, clubs and bars around the area. You can always find something to do. There are very cheap student clubs if you want a night out over the weekend. You also have some really nice bars if you want to treat yourself. I would definitely recommend.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are some but not many. I'm sure if someone at work suggested going somewhere people would definitely be interested in going. However because of the long working hours and early starts I think a lot of people like having chilled out weekends. Since I have started here people having gone to sport matches and gone to the pub and out for food after work. I even think my team went axe throwing before I started.