1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
really good colleagues and managers are quite chilled. the work can be a bit repetitive but environment is always interesting! Quite long hours each week and salary could be higher but overall very good work experience - I feel much better prepared for once I've finished university now.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very friendly and supportive office, all your achievements are well-celebrated and your contribution is always appreciated. You're treated like a full member of the team and an adult.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You receive a lot of training when you start to help prepare - this is very helpful to get going. Once this finishes all my colleagues were massively helpful. There were many questions I had but they were always happy to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It depended on how busy the office/market was. Some days were very busy, some were slower and you could relax a bit. You can definitely plan your day and time well to minimise rushing. Good level of busy-ness I think
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
You're treated like a full recruitment consultant which is great for getting experience. You're given responsibility for finding the right people, speaking with clients and organising anything necessary. However you are managed quite closely so there's a safety net if necessary
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think i'll definitely be able to work harder next year at university and my organisational skills have improved a lot. The placement's helped me a lot with communication skills and confidence and this will be massively valuable in my degree/career. It's also helped me with understanding about working life and will definitely help me adjust to it in the future. I think it'll be a lot easier to get a job since I'm much more familiar with what companies want in a candidate and how to interview!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very friendly and cohesive - everyone knows each other even in a big office and you can have a chat whenever you want usually - as long as you don't take the piss
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
there's a big intern programme so it's quite smoothly-run. There's a training programme at the start and after that you're with your team each day. Somedays it's quite repetitive/mundane but it is what you make of it. Overall run a lot better than most other placements I've heard
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
On top of the original four weeks training there's a 4-day course you go on (trained by the same people the senior staff members are taught by) where you learn a lot. Apart from that there are some events you can attend/volunteer for and just on the job learning as well.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Most interns if they do well are offered a job for after university. I don't think i'll return as I want to explore other options and the sector isn't particularly for me. If the sector interested me the progression and career route are really good and definitely worth looking at.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There's a great social culture at Hays - loads of days at the pub for everyone (some of them paid for) and lots of other events - incentives, xmas/summer party, pub quizzes etc. People here are always up for something
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Inner London, £5.50 for a pint...
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Inner London so loads of stuff - whatever you want
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
lots of events - some mostly involved drinking but others were around mental health, charity, walking, football etc. I joined a charity boxing event through work which was really good value for money and run through Hays by a colleague