Working with clients and other recruiters to get jobs filled.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This internship was everything I needed from a placement. I never thought I could have that much fun whilst learning to work in a corporate environment, but I've taken a lot from it which will help me in my work and personal life. I would consider working here as a career after I have finished my degree.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was kind and helpful. If I ever needed help with anything, someone would offer to step in and give advice, we would always have a laugh figuring things out too. I now know how important team work is to your own success and I plan to use this back at uni.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My management were people I could look up to, rather than having to just obey their orders. They made sure I always had enough work to do but would lend a hand if I struggled. I aspire to be like the managers I had and hope if I work somewhere else, I get treated with the same respect.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My days went quickly because I had tasks to complete from the start of the day to the end. But this is positive as it taught me to manage my time and I learned how to delegate if it was work I wasn't able to complete alone. It's important to own your work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At first it was a steep learning curve, but the more months I was there, the more responsibility I was given. It's good to know that the company don't judge on age or experience, but are willing to let you step up based on what you can achieve on the job.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It has taught me to manage my time when it comes to projects, which is essential for managing my degree. It also taught me to ask for help if I'm struggling. This will transfer not only back at uni, but in my personal life too. I hope my new skills can be rubbed off on others.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Most days everyone was happy, especially since we have such a nice view from the office and everyone came into work with a sense of purpose. The odd day there would be low moral but we would always boost each other up and remember why we were working so hard.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It had a smooth process from beginning to end. I knew where I stood when interviewing for the position, what I had to do compliance wise once I was offered it and had monthly reviews so I could improve on anything I was struggling with and ask and questions about what was next.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was training be offered all the time. You could attend physical classes, online classes and there was a wealth of online guides that answered every question that you could have. I had good mentors that could answer everything on the fly if I was unable to find it in the guides.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would happily come back to Hays if they offered me a job when I finish my degree. I never thought I would want a career in recruitment, but there is so much more to the business that sales. I would recommend everyone work there for a while at elast.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We were always going out for drinks or meals. We would sit together and lunch and have a laugh, discussing work and our personal lives. I moved from afar to take the position so I needed to make friends whilst I was at the office. The schemes available made that easy.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It can be expensive in London but as long as you budget and learn to use vouchers, it's achievable. It's worth taking savings with you to fully enjoy the experience. There are so many bars with happy hours that it's easy to get a cheap drink after work with new friends.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are pubs and clubs everywhere as soon as you step out of the office. The area is always lively and you can even pop out to a bar for lunch for a beer and a pint. It's good to get out and about after work and there are many options to choose from.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was always a choice to do fun stuff after work or on the weekend. The business organise social events for the interns to make sure we're getting the most out of the experience. With so many different types of people, there is always a range of activities to choose from.