Recruiting specialist workers for the Construction and Property Industry
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I found that the professional experience and training that has been provided during my placement will make me a very attractive graduate. No day was the same, which made the long hours more enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that all of my colleagues were very welcoming and the culture at Hays is the best I've experienced yet. The social element of recruitment meant that I had to opportunity to make friends for life.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support provided by the Construction and property manager has been second to none. I've always been pushed to perform my best and given advice and support as required. However I do feel that during some periods during the placement that I didn't have the support I needed by senior management (my director)- nonetheless changes were made and I had further support from the Managing Director.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Extremely busy as I have been working on a very high volume temporary Trades and Labour desk. This suited me as it made the day go by very quickly and it has made me more productive when working, which is transferrable for when I return to University.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a large amount of responsibility during my placement as I was leading the trades and labour team which had a headcount of 3 members of staff. I was also responsible for the administration of 30-40 workers and had the duty to frequently perform Business Development and site visits to meet site managers.
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 have developed and the training that I have received will assist me in all aspects of future life. Skills that I have acquired are: coding, excellent communication, dusiness development, sales, team supervising, compliance procedures, interviewing/ presenting and much more. This aside, I believe I am more knowledgeable about life in general and the working world.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was always professional and there was plenty of banter which suited me perfectly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organised. From training, to daily duties and so on
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invested 2 weeks initial training, a further week of scenario based training and then constant on the job training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing as I enjoy the culture of the organisation, and the role that I have been performing over the last 12 months. I have a keen interested in the construction industry and current trends.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Big time! As I come from a social rugby background, I love to socialise with the 'lads' and have a jolly. For me, Hays offered just that and within a couple of months I had made a great group of friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was quite expensive in the centre of Birmingham as 50% of my wages went on bills.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Constant events were on to include everyone at work. If something wasn't being hosted by the management in the office, then something would be going on amongst the colleagues.