1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
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.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
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.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
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.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
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.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
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.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
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.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
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.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
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.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
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.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
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.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
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.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
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.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlight in Central London offer's many options.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
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