Recruiting for nursery assistants and placing them in various jobs around Manchester
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great company to work for, really supportive and so much room for development within your role. They know the kind of people they want and will fit in, it's very fast paced but it's great fun once you get stuck into all of the different roles. The days are very similar but every day can change depending on the shifts coming, helps with not being stuck doing the same stuff every day.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone in my team is so supportive with everything you do and achieve in the role. You really feel a sense of accomplishment when you make a great placement as it's promoted through the teams and company with some great responses. It's always nice to feel appreciated but having the regional directors and MDs congratulating you, it really makes you feel like you matter within the company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All the managers whether it be team manager or line manager are so approachable and friendly. If you're struggling with anything they are more than happy to help and guide you through the process or systems. All it takes is to ask and someone is always more than happy to help you with anything you're struggling with.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It is a very full on job to be in but it's great fun! Time management is key within this role, there's ALWAYS something to be doing so you can't be afraid to get stuck in an involved with any task that needs completing for the day. There's always the opportunity to catch up on the day but if you get your time management sorted as you come in, everything else should just fall into place.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
They team were great at slowly introducing me into all of the jobs that need completing through the day. if you feel you can take it on faster, great! But there's no pressure with your progression and everything is set out easily through the training provided. They really trust you to just get on with your work, it makes you feel like you really are running your own clients and get credit where credit is due.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Working with Randstad has really grown my knowledge within the working world. Working in an office environment for the first time but also being able to see how my business degree is applied to every day tasks within the office. It will really help me with my time management when it comes to writing a dissertation but also having now grown professionally. Something that I will now be able to bring to any future role.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
We have a great atmosphere in our office. Everyone is so friendly and supportive so there's always someone to have a chat to. We also have dress down days on Friday but more often than not we also have a sale day where we run a fancy dress competition... can turn out to be very funny.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The whole process with becoming employed with Randstad was very well structured. Everyone was easily accessible and could update me with anything that needed doing. Once I started it was straight into training, it was long but definitely needed so that I could understand how to use all of the systems. After a couple of months everyone then gets sent down to Luton to the head office for a week of training. It was great fun and again definitely needed to ensure a great understanding with how recruitment works.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
If I'm being honest, I'd never really heard of the company. But once I started, everything that the role includes and how you can progress in the right way was set out to me and I definitely felt that I had made the right decision working here. All targets for the week are set out perfectly and very clear for what needs doing to hit your personal budget.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I'd hope that the company would want to keep me on further from this year. It's been a great opportunity and I always try to show I'm a hard worker and always working towards my targets. The experience has been very eye opening to the world of work but for the best in this kind of atmosphere.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Being in the centre of Manchester, there's always something to keep you entertained. I also connected very well with the other placement student so it made it a lot easier to have a social life in a city I'd never lived before. The team all click really well together so it was nice to fit in so nicely as quickly as I did.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Because I had to move out into rented accommodation and pay for everything on my own, finances weren't great for me to start off with. Having an overdraft was my life saver but the company always tried its hardest to ensure I was okay. Bonuses working for Randstad is really good so it's just being aware where your extra money could be coming from.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There's bar literally outside of the office. As mentioned we are in city centre Manchester so there's a great night life around me! Even if clubbing and drinking aren't your kind of thing, there's loads of other activities that you can get involved in with cinemas and things such as mini golf being 10 minutes away from the office.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There's plenty of work nights out, it's more finding the time and money to get involved. As mentioned everyone is so nice and welcoming, literally my first week they'd asked if I wanted to go for drinks with them. Being in education as well, there's load of opportunities to get involved in the schools to so there's always something if you ask.