1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at Hays working in the Marketing department in central London. I was given many projects with lots of responsibility and was able to take on tasks as my own. Overall the experience gave me a greater knowledge and passion for digital marketing, whilst also helping me to understand marketing and the workplace.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From the moment I joined Hays, I felt like part of the team, everyone was incredibly friendly and happy to help if I had any questions. I was trusted by senior members of staff to complete tasks for them, and my manager always had time to talk to me about my work and how I was getting on.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was always there to help me out whenever I was struggling with a task, and we had weekly meetings to discuss my tasks for the week and talk about queries and concerns. Senior management also gave the team good guidance on how our roles could impact strategic goals, which made my work feel more valued in the wider business.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally I always had tasks on my to-do list to keep me busy, as well as long term projects to work on. On the odd occasion when I felt I had finished everything I needed to do, my manager was able to give me new work, or help on admin work, although this was very rarely.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was able to own the "campaign" side of my role completely, managing the delivery of campaigns to the website. I was also able to take large amounts of responsibility on important projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed during my placement year will assist me in my degree and beyond to a large extent. Not only has my placement given me skills in basic html, content management and delivering campaigns on time, but it also developed my soft skills such as time management and communications skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is a corporate office however there is a buzzing and friendly atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was the first intern in my position, so the role in itself grew as the year went on, however I feel everything was well organised for me to get the most out of my placement.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I learnt a lot during my placement year, in terms of skills for my role specifically and also in the wider digital marketing field. The learning was mainly on-the-job, learning from my manager and I didn't take part in any formal training sessions, however these type of sessions weren't necessary for my role.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I feel that my future employment prospects with Hays are very high. My manager is keen for me to return after I graduate and is also interested in hearing my input for the tasks and responsibilities I should have if I return.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Although there were only 3 placement students in my department, we all got on very well and made an effort to sit with eachother every lunch. As a department we went for drinks after work for birthdays and to celebrate different milestones in campaigns. The social scene is good, however it is not an every Friday night thing.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was based in central London so socialising was generally more expensive than other parts of the UK. I lived at home outside of London during my placement, but for others it is typically quite expensive to live in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Since my office is in the city, there are lots of pubs, bars and clubs to chose from and lots of nice restaurants too!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a few gym classes in the office before and after work, however as I lived outside London, it made it more difficult to get to these classes.