1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Panasonic. All the students are given lots of responsibility and are always treated as a standard employee. There are also many opportunities to give involved in other projects.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I never felt like I was treated anything less than a standard employee. I was often in charge of leading projects and meetings and my opinion was always valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had a great team that provided me with lots of support throughout the year. I also received regular feedback from my manager.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My days would vary, but ultimately the job is what you make it. If you weren't busy you can easily find more things to do since there is plenty to go around. Never bored!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
All the students are given lots of responsibility in their role, to the point that it was surprising how much we were trusted! The managers are very trusting in their students, probably since the placement program has been running since 1994.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There are a range of training available at Panasonic, including excel, outlook and presentation skills. You are also given interview training before interviewing the new candidates for the role.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is always friendly, with people being in encouraged to talk to each other rather than email!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall I think the placement was well organised thanks to the internal teams supporting all students in their work. From the assessment day to my first day, I felt like everyone was eager to help us settle in and the HR teams really helped bring the students together.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I quickly received training on Excel, Outlook, ISM as well as Interview Skills which was useful when recruiting the new students. I was given a tremendous amount of responsibility in my role, as with all the other students at Panasonic.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Whilst Panasonic doesn't have a graduate scheme many placement students in the past have returned. This is reassuring to know I could contact the company after I leave to see if there are any vacancies!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With 14 other students there’s a great camaraderie in the building. The company really makes sure the students are connected before starting the role so you can introduce yourselves. Throughout the year there are also lots of other activities including the Christmas Party and Charity Events!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived near Reading which was more costly than I was used to at University! Since it's near London housing and bars were expensive, but not so much that I wasn't possible to live. Bracknell wasn't as expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is a good selection of nightlife in Reading, and thanks to the University students there's always something going on.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Throughout the year there are also lots of activities including the Christmas Party and Charity Events, as well as events in the building.