1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed my placement, got to meet a great group of people and was given real responsibilities from the first week.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very welcoming and very helpful with any questions or support I needed. As I was trained up I felt valued by the team as they would ask for my support on tasks and give me more responsibility.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very supportive and frequently asked if I wanted to experience different parts of the business whilst on my placement year. My manager also organised supplier visits which allowed me to understand my role in the business better.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Once I was fully trained up and had my own responsibilities my days were busy with tasks and meetings. Towards the end of the month there is a peak in work load which can be very busy as the team works to achieve monthly targets.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility once I had been trained and could balance more roles. I was managing a few different suppliers and holding meetings.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I gained a lot of communication skills during my placement year and gained confidence interacting with different levels of management. I had the opportunity to practice my presentation skills and to run meetings, skills that will help in group based tasks.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was very friendly and I felt comfortable approaching members of different teams when I required their support. We held charity events and bake sales frequently throughout the year which brought a fun atmosphere to the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the placement was organized very well. Before my first day I had a visit to my office to be introduced to the team and had the contact details of my mentor for any questions. My first two weeks were planned into training blocks so I could see my progress with different tasks. I had meetings with my mentor throughout the year to catch up on how I was performing and if I had any concerns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attending multiple training courses whilst on my placement and visited the Port of Tyne for a tour. The company gave me access to a range of training courses to improve my soft skills such as Assertiveness and also excel skills which I will use back at University. The team were very willing to train me on different software and applications we used.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate scheme is very appealing and offers more responsibility and work perks. I would be interested in applying for the graduate scheme in the future and have been encourage to do so by the team. I believe there is good opportunity to grow in the business. The salary is also very competitive.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes the placements went on a few nights out together and my team had occasional meals/activities arranged.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living is Sunderland is cheaper than living in Newcastle but the city is more lively. Bars and restaurants are quite reasonable and there are plenty of cheap places to go out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Newcastle nightlife is very lively. Plenty of bars and clubs to visit, all very cheap. As it is a student city most nights are busy, even weeknights. Also cinemas/other indoor activities and late night shopping for those not looking for a night out. Would defiantly recommend a Newcastle night out or a visit to Jesmond.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were a few outside of work activities and the company held activity days for families a few times.