• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement year at Volvo Group UK. I learnt a lot about the industry and found the experience really valuable in developing my social and communication skills. There was a lot of opportunity to get involved in interesting projects or industry events during the year which allowed me to work with and interact with various people, not just within Volvo Group but with other companies also in the same industry.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Personally, I felt extremely values by my colleagues in the team I worked with. I felt like they considered my input as important and appreciated a lot of the work I did while working with them. My team often encouraged me to get involved and trusted me to do my part to a high standard.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was given some guidance by my supervisors, especially towards the beginning with planning projects and introducing me to the type of work I would be doing. From quite early on though I was left to complete my work / projects on my own and plan my own objectives to fulfil what was required, although I always felt like I could ask for help or guidance if I needed it.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Due to the type of work I was doing, where I worked on quarterly updates as well as big, long-term projects, I found my workload throughout the year was very up and down. Generally I had enough to do in my day-to-day work, but there were definitely periods where I wasn't so busy and periods where I was incredibly busy.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given quite a lot of responsibility during my placement. One of my projects ran for the entire length of my placement and was based around new legislation being implemented. I was trusted with the preparation for this implementation and did a lot of work communicating with government bodies and the Volvo headquarters in Sweden.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • During my placement the skills I have improved on the most are my social skills. So the fact that I am now much more confident when presenting and can more easily communicate with others will definitely be useful in the future, from presenting at university to general communication through my career after university.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere in the office was very friendly and relatively relaxed. Everyone I spoke to was always very nice and willing to help. Obviously being in a business there is a need to get work done and to meet certain deadlines, but people here and especially managers are very aware of not over-working or over-stressing their employees.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I think there could have been slightly more structure at the beginning of the internship. There was a weeks general induction to the office and the building, but I think having a hand-over period from the old interns to the new ones would have been very beneficial. I think the overall placement was set up well though, being based around project work with some tasks that enable you to integrate with the team.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • 3/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Volvo UK do not have their own graduate scheme set up specifically for work in UK, so future employment can be a difficult prospect if you were wanting to go back to the same office or same team. However, there is an international graduate scheme if you wanted to stay within the company and this gives you the chance to travel internationally too.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • During my time at Volvo there were quite a lot of interns, so you tended to find after a while that the interns split off into groups. I found I became good friends with some of the other interns and often did things outside of work with them. Personally, I also got on very well with my team and have socialised with them outside of work on a few different occasions.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • 3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 3/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Automotive, Customer Service, Engineering, Market Research, Marketing, Sales

West Midlands

June 2019

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