1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This year started off as a great challenge for me, I did not think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did. As soon as I was able to get my head around the process of recruitment and the technicalities of my desk, I was then able to improve and achieve great things. Also the constant training, recognition for hard and the regular work incentives for hitting targets motivated me to do better.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The people I worked with made me feel extremely valued. From having an excellent director who I was comfortable to go to for help on anything, to my manager who guided me along the way and taught me the ropes of recruitment. My team dynamic was great and really shaped the way my year turned out to be, I felt genuinely cared for, as everyone was there for me through both my highs and lows of the year.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support given by my managers was amazing. At no point did I hesitate to go and ask for help. I was able to speak to my manager openly and receive the guidance I needed, whether this was a work related issue or personal issues. I think this was necessary as being able to open up to your manager and have them understand you better makes it a comfortable workplace.
As an intern I was also placed in the same training as an associate would have, it was extensive and fantastic, I was able to learn so much and reflect what I had learned through out the year.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
One thing I appreciated the most was that I was not treated as an intern but rather any other recruitment consultant working at Hays. This meant that I would have the same workload that a consultant would have. At first this was challenging as I had never been under a large amount of pressure like this before. My desk was very technical and had to follow strict procedures before I could get anyone started, this was difficult at first as such a simple procedure was not very straight forward at all. There were a few bumps a long the way, but once I was able to get my head around things I started seeing results. This helped me with my time management and helped me learn how to prioritise my time better.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during my year at Hays as I was working on one of the largest contracts Hays has. I was under a lot of pressure and was in competition with other agencies who also had the same contract. I was not resourcing for any one in team, instead I was solely working on these roles. This meant that I was constantly trying to stay ahead of the game, making sure that I was growing my desk as well as growing and keeping a positive relationship between Hays and the clients.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel as though the skills I have learned and developed this year are invaluable. The development in myself from the start of the year to now has been great, this includes both professional and personal development. I know I will be able to transfer this to help me excel in my degree and in future jobs. I have been able to learn how to; manage my time a lot better and efficiently, how to work under an immense amount of pressure, meet deadlines, deal with difficult situations in a professional manner, and to remain positive during the difficult times. I also have an understanding on how to speak to clients and build rapport, I have been able to improve my presentation skills and learn how to speak and communicate effectively and formally.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was so friendly and constantly buzzing with energy, I was so lucky to have been placed on the best team and office. Everyone's work ethic was superb too, extremely hard working but very fun at the same time. This motivated me and taught me that I could get the best result, but have a positive outlook and fun along the way too.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall work placement was set up very well, there was a set procedure. We started of with 4 weeks of training alongside getting used to our desk, we then did a presentation on our 4th week in front of our managing director. We were then sent to another office for a week for intensive training. This was followed by a 4 weeks review with our manager, these reviews then continued throughout the year regularly, it helped to see where I was doing well, and what things I could improve on.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I believe the company invested a lot in me. The training alone was second to none, it was so extensive and very enjoyable too, we got to meet the best in the business, learn from them and ask them questions. Training at Hays is an integral part which helps all of the employees prosper. I received the same amount of investment as any other employee would receive.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospect ay Hays is really good, most interns are offered a job at the end of the year depending on how well they perform. I have seen interns return to Hays and prosper, they have been able to be promoted within 3 months of returning to the business.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?