1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Thoroughly enjoyed my year long internship at Hays, an amazing company to work for with all like-minded individuals, who ensure that you are fully integrated within the business performing a key role within your specialism.
The company invest heavily into your training to ensure that you can fully perform your role, with on the job training and two separate weeks of thorough training in head offices.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The whole office floor are sociable and great people to work with, especially the team within your specialism. Working with individuals who are friends as well as colleagues makes it much easier to perform your role, with everyone happy to provide support at any given moment. Hays promote the integration of the office to increase cross-specialism business and do so through regular social events, making a mini community.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support and guidance provided by the management team and my personal mentor are exceptional and prepare you fully so that you can succeed in your role.
You receive on the job training for the first few weeks after starting, which allow you to get to grips with in house systems and the general processes. This is continued throughout the year with your mentor and weekly 1-2-1's that promote your personal performance and make sure you succeed in your role.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The busyness of your days can vary considerably, there is never nothing to do, which is a positive as you don't want to be clock watching all day.
However, during busy periods and when you're working on a number of roles that require fast speed to market you can feel inundated with tasks to do. During these periods the organisation of your day plans are essential and you need to work efficiently as possible.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The level of responsibility I had during my placement year grew with the length of time I spent in my team and with my own development at being able to perform the role. There is set structure throughout the year, with time frames and development points upon which you need to reach to gain more responsibility. Such as after speaking to candidates for a number of weeks you then start to contact clients and work with businesses.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills developed throughout the year will put me in good stead for not only in university when completing my degree, but life skills that will positively impact when searching for work after university and in any social situation.
The skills gained and developed have highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of myself, where I can continue to work on my weaknesses to turn them into strengths.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
One of the many benefits of working for a recruitment company is that the work environment is very sociable, loud and productive. The office floor is never completely silent, there is always a number of consultants on the phone to either clients or candidates. This sort of atmosphere makes it more enjoyable to work within, because you are having fun and are constantly being influenced and motivated to be productive by your colleagues that surround you.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement year has a set structure of work and progression points throughout the year. These were different stages of your development, such as when you complete each of the three main training weeks. The company have previously had a number of interns in the years prior to me joining, so the company were very well organised with new starters and interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The training and development provided to interns and all new starters is world-class. Although only working there for a year, you are trained no differently than an associate joining the company for the foreseeable future. I received on the job-training from my manager and mentor, a week long training sessions with a variety of directors in the business, and three days training in the Birmingham office with travel, hotel and food costs all paid for.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are incredibly appealing, and the career you can have within this company are amazing and can last a lifetime. I would happily return to the company to work after university, however I am unsure if recruitment is something I would immediately star a career within when straight out of university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes a very good social scene across all of the other students on placement year across the North West, we had regular meetings as a group to discuss and provide feedback to the company regarding the placement year. and also social events with one another to create a social group upon which we are all friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living in the Centre of a City is never going to be cheap, so the rent and bills were a lot higher than when living in student accommodation. To ensure that your wages last the month you had to prioritise and choose what you spent your money on. I enjoy socialising and going out for food & drinks so I couldn't put a cost on having a good time.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The City Centres nightlife is always going to be brilliant, every night of the week it is busy and there is always somewhere to go if you wanted to. I stayed in the same City I go to University, so I already knew the best places to go, but it was also nice to go to the nicer areas as you have more than just your student loan to spend.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The workplace is extremely sociable and there would be weekly activities to take part in such as after work drinks, and a 5-a-side league that would take place every Wednesday in the business league. It was nice to be able to socialise with work colleagues in and out of the office.