The environment of the work place was really welcoming and friendly, with many other placements. There are also a lot of employee resource groups and volunteering opportunities which are promoted to get involved with outside of your day to day tasks. I would have enjoyed my job more if I had a larger work load and tasks tailored to my interests.
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The company is very welcoming and friendly. Participating in volunteering opportunities was always recognised by a small gift or verbal praise in town hall meetings. The site Award and Recognition Committee also went to efforts to give site recognition to all employees by sponsoring Christmas meals and Easter Eggs, which was a nice sentiment.
My experience differs to most other placements at my site. I did not have so much contact with my manager therefore did not receive as much support and guidance as I would have liked. Since I did not belong to a team based and located at the site, there were no other colleagues within my team to aid my development.
Once again, my experience differs to most other placements at my site. I desired a heavier work load however this did not come into fruition. However, it is important to consider the nature of the Projects business, which can fluctuate depending on demand and the market therefore there is not always a work load.
Through volunteering and coordinating events on site as project manager, I was given a lot of responsibility. This included budget management, public speaking and advertising events, amongst others. Within my job role, I was given responsibility for several initiatives, that enabled me to work with others and with other sites.
My job role was not so intrinsically linked with my degree studies however I developed a lot of soft skills and I feel like I have developed my professionalism. The training opportunities I did receive help open my eyes to new career paths and opportunities. All of the skills I developed will be of use to me in the future.
Really good! Different offices do differ however the whole site had a friendly and comfortable feel to it. The site had a 'dress-down Friday' policy in operation so Friday's in particular were quite relaxed and laid back, which was a nice end to the week. The office never felt dull or stagnant.
The first few months of the placement were the best set up with on boarding, inductions and a training session each month. There was also a hand over period with previous placements so we could learn from them There was also a three month review from our managers. In the second half of the placement, less was organised.
I could attend three training courses throughout the year where I could receive qualifications. There were also four training sessions at the beginning of my placement to learn important soft skills. The extent of personal training and development does depend on your department budget therefore I cold not attend all the training that I would have liked.
The graduate scheme is really good and pays well. There are also opportunities to change location and even work abroad, which is very appealing to me. Unfortunately, the company is not best suited to my degree so the career paths are not what I am passionate about. However, I would still consider it.
There were 20 placements in total at our site. This meant that we were all in the same boat and supported each other. This also meant that there were a variety of people to make friends with. Placements would get together on the weekends and hang out, which was nice, since many of us were far away from home
The cost of living and socialising was very reasonable, especially in relation to the salary we received. There were a variety of expensive and inexpensive social activities to engage in. London was also an 1-2 hour train ride away for a very small cost. I never had a problem with budgeting and managed to save every month.
The nearest city is Canterbury, where the Nightlife was good as there is a university situated there. Canterbury was a train/bus/taxi ride away. In terms of the local town, there were many different pubs and always somewhere to go should you wish. However, there are probably better areas for Nightlife.
At my site, there were many different employee resource groups. Some groups organised professional development events, whilst some organise diversity and inclusion events. There were also groups where you could volunteer to be a team member or project manager for educational, environmental or equality volunteering projects within the local community. These groups are encouraged to placement student. Many placements become core members of these groups and help organise many activities.