Working in vehicle to supply to provide vehicles to the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement at Renault. I have been given roles and responsibilities that I did not think would be given to a student and this has made my work enjoyable. I work in a small team but the whole community of Renault employees and especially within the group of other placement students there is a sense of togetherness as well as many social events that bring a sense of friendship and enjoyment to the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel incredibly well valued by my colleagues - I work in a small team and this allows me to get to know my colleagues on a personal as well as professional level. I also feel like i have been given work that shows responsibility and trustworthiness, this makes me feel valued even more as i am contributing to the team and business.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout my placement i feel like i have always been supported by my manager. He works hard to provide the best support possible and is always available when i need him. Even though he is incredibly busy and hard working he is never unavailable for advice or support, personal or professional.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
During my year at Renault I am always busy. I have daily responsibilities as well as work that varies depending on the day, week or month. This variety in my work ensured i was kept occupied but never over run with work. If i was becoming busier i could handle i could always take advice and support from my team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Throughout my placement i was consistently given work and responsibilities that before i started placement i thought would not be given to a placement student. I was trusted with tasks that had real life implications to the business and that were required to be done quickly and accurately. Having this responsibility really made me feel like part of the business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
On placement i have learnt to be professional, work individual as well as in a team and develop my confidence. This are skills that will stand me in good stead when i return to my studies as i will be able prioritize and focus on work as well as work more effectively and professionally.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is a large open plan office that in general has a good, fun and social-able atmosphere. There is a large group of placement students who really contribute to the social atmosphere around the office. This said, it is still a serious, working office. Employees all work incredibly hard to achieve the goals of the business.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Renault have a large group of placement students each year (20+) and because of this they are incredibly well organised for the placement students. From arrival and initial training to the day you leave everything is organised, planned and communicated really well so you know what you need to do and where you need to be.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There are opportunities for you to develop both professionally and personally to achieve the goals you are aiming for. These opportunities are not always well publicized but are always available if you are looking for them. There are always people available to discuss development but it may have to be you that starts the conversation.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Returning to Renault after graduating from university is certainly consider. The graduate scheme appeals to be and speaking to others who are already on it they are enjoying their time at Renault as much as i did.
If the opportunity is there i see no reason why i would not want to return to Renault.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Renault has the largest group of placement students of any company i have heard of, many live together as this creates an excellent social scene. There is always people looking to socialize and because of this there is never a boring day. Nissan and RCI also have offices next door so placement students from there also join.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living in the Watford area is not particularly expensive. you avoid the cost of living in London but the direct train only takes 20 minutes so you can still easily access the city. Sharing a house with other students is similar to university with only a short journey into the office.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are a variety of pubs, bars and clubs around the immediate area but with London only 20 minutes away by train the night life options are extensive. There is something that will suit everyone and with having the large group of placement students there is ample company to enjoy it with
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Within Renault there is variety of sports and social clubs to get involved with, some of these include: football, cricket, fitness classes and netball. The company works hard to delivery opportunities outside of work for employees to keep engagement and moral up. There is never a shortage of opportunities to get involved in.