1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I truly enjoyed every day of my placement. Every day was different and filled with various opportunities I could learn from. Due to the diversity and dynamics of the automotive environment, I learnt from every situation which enhanced my knowledge and further developed my existing set of skills and added various new ones.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I had the BEST team EVER! From day one I was warmly welcomed by everyone. Throughout my year I received a great level support, encouragement, mentorship and help. My work was greatly valued and I was lifted up for every achievement of mine, from the smallest tasks to the bigger tasks, one of which was launching the Dealer Balance Scorecard. When it comes to my team, they are not just my team, but they are my family and I will forever keep them in my heart.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout my time at Nissan I had the chance to work with two different line-managers.
Both of them were highly invested into my further development and they ensured I have been given enough guidance and support when it came to delivering results from the projects I have been given.
Moreover, as a result of working with these two individuals I had the opportunity to learn from their management and leadership styles.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At Nissan no day is the same. Due to the fast-paced environment the dynamics of my business were different. Some days were busier where I had to focus on an ad-hoc projects or requests given by senior management team which were priority. Other days, I had to simultaneously manage my daily tasks such as running reports but also carry tasks given to me by the team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Throughout my placement year I was given great amount of responsibility. From day one, I was given various projects to work on with great level of responsibility. I was trusted to design and deliver a business proposal to the board of directors in relation to bringing a Dealer Performance Tool being built externally by an agency to being brought in-house.
I had the opportunity to work cross-functionally with various departments across the organization and align the proposed methodology with them. By the end of the project I had the chance to present the proposal to the board of directors and gain approval.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout every project I worked on I gained various skills which had allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I have developed my teamwork, problem-solving, communication as well as analytical skills.
I developed strong Microsoft Office skills due to the nature of my role which required me to work with large quantities of data on a daily basis. My role enhanced my curiously to challenge process in place and find a creative ways of automating existing reports, which as a result made decision-making quicker. Moreover, I elevated my presentation skills which enhanced my confidence and also further developed my attention to detail.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office is very vibrant. There is always something going on and a chance to get involved in various activities.
We have Days for Change where you can volunteer in local charities. Moreover, the company ensures we have monthly sports socials which facilitates our cross-functional communication outside of office hours.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The program was well organized and allowed me to gain a very holistic view of the whole business.
I was lucky as I was placed in a very diverse department dealing with dealers but also building strategy plans. I gained understanding on so many levels of how the business operates.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I would say not as much as I would have expected. I received a limited training in Microsoft Office during my induction week and I wish I was given more tailored training according to my role and my day to day responsibilities.
Fortunately, I had an incredible team who ensured I have the needed training and truly invested time and effort in me.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The organization has a graduate scheme (as well as fast track,if you are already a placement student in the organization) which is the natural progression if you would like to continue your career in the automotive industry or at Nissan.
Apart from this, unfortunately, there aren't many opportunities for progression from a placement student point of stand.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
My social cycle at work was my team as well as friends I made across the organization, which I am utterly grateful I had the chance to know and for them to be part of my life.
The fellow placement students, were not the right fit for me when it come to people I would want to surround myself with. However, this is personal choice and preference.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The company is based in Maple Cross which is just down the road from Rickmansworth train station, which is on the metropolitan line.
I was based in Watford, which was much cheaper when it came to rent and living. Travel costs were not as expensive either as I decided to take the bus to work. I invested into a annual bus pass which I highly recommended if you have made the decision to commute.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Personally, I haven't experienced the nightlife in any of the areas neither where I live nor around where my work was, hence I cant comment on it.
I know from friends that Watford has great places for partying as well as several great bars on the high street which are quite affordable.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were different events and social activities that were happening on a weekly basis.
One of them is football on Monday evening as well as Boot camp on Wednesdays. We also have sport social dinners which allows for further exposure to various stakeholders within the organization.
Days of change are great if you are willing to volunteer and help a local charity.