1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at BSH, with support from all areas of the business and incredible opportunities throughout the year, there really hasn't been a day that I haven't enjoyed. I've been able to develop some key transferable skills that will not only be able to help in my last year of study, but my long term career. I would recommend a placement at BSH to anyone!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt incredibly valued right from the opening week. Not only was I given the repsonsibility to take on various diffferent tasks, I was also complimented or given feedback on those tasks too - really displaying the trust and confidence they had in me. This wasn't just from my own team, but the wider team also.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and I had weekly one to one sessions to catch up on both the workload and how I/she was. Because of this, I felt really comfortable talking with her about various different things and felt that if I ever did have a problem, I would be able to speak to her about it. Due to my working style, I did not require a great deal of guidance but she was always on hand to offer support/advice with tasks whenever needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For the most part, I had a perfectly balanced workload. Due to the opportunities that became available I was never bored in my role, however there were times when I was too busy. With this said, this was a result of my inability to say no - something which I'm working on - rather than being overworked.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a great deal of responsbility during my placement. From social media competitions, to various presentations, set up sheets, trade events and customer enquiries - I was responsible for many different areas of a trade marketing role. In addition to this, I had monthly and weekly tasks such as competitor reports, wesbite checks and user set ups for various internal systems.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have developed on my placement have really developed into skills for life. Noticeably, my commerical awareness has improved vastly. This is a really key skill to ensure that you stay ahead of the curve but also to remain in the know with linked factors. E.g. wider company influences.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was a perfect balance - whilst we had a lot of fun at times with lots of laughing, the office wasn't too loud to the point where work wasn't done. Everyone was also really positive for the most part, with really positive outlooks on tasks rather than constant complaining.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Incredibly well organised - at the start of the placement, I was buddied up with another intern and had regular catch ups with him, my manager and the HR liaison just to ensure everything was ok. I also had a two week period at beginning of the placement to get to know other employees and partake in brand training.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Throughout the year, I attended product training sessions for Bosch, Siemens, NEFF and Gaggenau (including a day in the Gaggenau showroom in London). I was also included on courses with connection with MK College for various other skills which included presentation skills, how to balance a workload and excel training.
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?
Incredibly appealing - I became really passionate about my role in the company and have been offered a graduate intern role at BSH as a result.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes - given the size of BSH, there were interns in each department and we all got along really well. This led to many night outs and opportunities to socialise with activities like going out for dinner and mini golf. We all got along well and everyone was included - reflected in the fact that after a year, everyone still ate lunch together.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reasonable - not London pricing but with everything outside of walking distance, not the cheapest either.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Milton Keynes is not necessarily known for it's nightlife (more roundabouts and a franchised football team), there are still plenty of pubs and bars that have good atmospheres on certain nights. However, there aren't many clubs in Milton Keynes - we shall see if this changes with the new university opening in a few years though.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes - I played football every Monday with work and really enjoyed it. There were also weekly yoga/fitness sessions that I could have attended.