1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Due to the rotational nature of the placement , most parts were thoroughly enjoyable but others were a bit more of a struggle.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Every colleague I came into contact with made me feel comfortable and valued. I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All my managers across the departments I worked in were there to support me at any time I needed them. They gave me lots of responsibility but were there to offer guidance and information if ever I felt I needed it
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
If there’s one thing I could guarantee on this placement it will be that you will never be sat twiddling your thumbs
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I helped manage a store team for 4 months, placed warehouse stock orders worth thousands of pounds and independently interviewed multiple applicants for customer assistant and shift manager positions. I couldn’t have dreamt of being given greater levels of responsibility
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
From problem solving to communication to presenting - I have developed skills in this placement at a much faster rate than during my two previous years at university
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Warehouse could be intense loud and intimidating at times but the regional offices were all so warm, friendly and welcoming
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My training plan was followed perfectly and was well organised
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Lidl invest in their placement students from the get - go. Multiple members of senior staff attended the day - long assessment centre to help assess prospective candidates. This investment continued whether it be through training workshops, courses or meetings with supervisors
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are multiple graduate schemes based in a range of locations in the U.K. the training and development opportunities these schemes offer are very appealing due to the comprehensive levels of support students receive on addition to the levels of responsibility they are given
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We met up every 3 months with our fellow students but did not attend the Christmas or summer event with our other colleagues
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived from home as I am based very close to one of Lidl’s RDCs. I therefore managed to save on rent etc
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I am a 20 minute train ride from Cardiff Town Centre but my local town is not known for its nightlife!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
My RDC had its own football team which anyone could join and some stores organise their own nights out. We also have regional quiz nights and events approximately once a month