I enjoyed my work placement as it gave me the opportunity to develop my soft skills, whilst also gaining valuable experience with the training given being second to none. Interacting with different stakeholders daily ensured I was kept on my feet but also gave me the opportunity be independent and learn a lot about myself as an individual working in the corporate world.
My colleagues made me feel like family at Hays, had but also acknowledged my key achievements and made me feel part of the company rather than an intern. Everyone in the office are friendly and you are valued as a permanent member of staff rather than intern. I was even acknowledged for my work by directors within the office.
The support I received was amazing! My manager was always there to help if I had any questions and would give me advice on how to approach certain situations. I also had fortnightly reviews to review my KPI's and ask any questions regarding my job. My team were also supportive even when busy.
I was kept busy at all times dealing with different tasks. This would range from meetings with Customers/Clients. Arranging conference calls with clients to take in jobs and sorting out general admin.
I was given the same responsibility as a permanent member of staff, dealing with Clients/Customers on a regular basis. Essentially I was responsible for my desk with the help of my colleagues when needed.
The skills I have developed and training I received will be a lot of help when I got back to my final year. Time management, presentation, problem solving & Communication skills are a few of many I have developed over my time at hays. In my opinion I couldn't have picked a better organisation to develop my skills.
The atmosphere in the office was energetic, positive and friendly. Everyone in the office were always on hand to help and would give a helping hand even if they were not in your team. The atmosphere when someone had achieved a target or succeeded was amazing and showed how supportive every in the organisation is.
The internship was organised very well from start to finish. There was structure but it was tailored to each individual and their job at hays rather than being generic. There was also an interns day which helped all interns come together to learn more about the company once settled in and also find out about the life's of previous interns who have stayed on at Hays and how they have developed.
The training I received at hays is second to none, Hays invest in Interns the same way they invest in any member of staff with the first 12 weeks setting you up for the life at Hays. Training did not stop there, there was training days with directors and senior members of staff giving you advice on how to approach certain things at work.
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Future prospects within Hays in very insightful, everyone has an opportunity to grow within the organisation. Within my year in the organisation I witnessed people get promoted in the office, 4 members of my team were promoted which showed that hard work and achievements are recognised and awarded within the organisation.
The social scene amongst students and colleagues was like I'd never left university. We usually go down to the pub on Friday after work for a few drinks to socialise bu also went out for dinner during the week. Once every 4 weeks if we hit targets we got tokens to go to the pub and finished early.
I worked from home during my placement so the only cost for me was travel and food. Socialising in Central London is was okay money wise, with the experience you get and different options to visit the cost is worthwhile and was not a huge factor as I enjoyed my time.
The nightlight in Central London offer's many options.
Yes, there was a set team who organised events outside of the workplace, this involved 5 aside football matches, movie nights, running club and pub quiz nights giving you a variety to choose from but also the opportunity to socialise and meet new people within the office
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Central London and City
10th July 2019
£16,000 - £17,999