1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement was an amazing experience, giving me an exposure to different aspects of HR - employee relations, learning & development, and payroll. I rotated between the three teams and took part in different projects, which allowed me to have hands on experience of the processes in HR from the beginning to the end.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My manager and my colleagues were very supportive. They made me feel trusted by allocating important tasks and sharing the information required. We worked in a team and celebrated our successes, as well as recognising the effort each individual has contributed into completing a task/project. I feel valued by my colleagues a lot.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was fully supported by my manager and my colleagues from the first day I joined the department. From the first week of my placement, I knew how my placement would look like for the rest of the year, including the timeline and the projects I would be involved in. My colleagues were very encouraging and they supported me even when we were not in the same team.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was allocated with responsibilities that could contribute to the team and even make a difference. So 'not having enough to do' barely happened. I was doing project work alongside my daily work tasks most of the time. It also depended on your willingness to learn and getting involved in projects to gain the experience.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was fully trusted by my manager and supervisors. Not only did they allocated tasks on a day to day basis or a project basis, I was also given opportunities to learn how to handle new tasks and development. You can always gain the most from your responsibiilties if you are being proactive.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have received trainings as part of the internship programme, such as presentation skills and managing workload, as well as other trainings specific for my role, such as attending a mock employment tribunal. The knowledge and experience in HR I have learned this year would be very helpful in my studies, especially when it comes to critically analysing theories.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
All the teams in HR share the same open area in a room - we were open to communication. The general atmosphere in my office was good. My manager and colleagues were supportive and encouraging. It was a nice place to work in. Everyone in the building was genuinely very friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship programme was well organised. Most of us live in the student accommodation provided by the company, which was seven minute walk to our office. Our trainings and induction activities were pre-arranged. Also, we were all paired up with a buddy during the first few months of the placement year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
All interns were arranged to have three trainings, which was helpful to our development. We can also book ourselves on other trainings provided by our Learning & Development team.
For my role, I started with a two week induction plan where I received 1:1 training to familiarise with all the processes and use all the systems in HR. I also had 1:1 meetings with my colleagues to understand their roles in the team.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company provides graduate opportunities for those who have previously worked with them as a placement intern. After the graduate internship programme, if opportunities arise, it is possible to become a permanent member of staff. So we do have future employment prospects with BSH, if we are offered graduate internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We are a big group of interns, not only do we socialise among ourselves, such as playing mini golf and celebrating each other's birthdays, we also socialise with apprentices and work experience students. We go out as a department regularly and have team lunch together from time to time. BSH's Christmas party was also a great event for socialising.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living was pretty average in Wolverton, with a few supermarkets and restaurants along the high street.
In terms of socialising, it mainly took place in central Milton Keynes, where there were a lot more restaurants and places to go to, such as cinema and inflatable park for group activities.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The is not a lot of nightlife happening in Wolverton, where our office is located. There is a pub near the student houses, which we would go for a drink after work from time to time.
There is a lot more nightlife going on in central Milton Keynes, with a few bars. For clubbing, there is only a main one in Bletchley.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are weely activities - bootcamp after work every Monday and yoga every Tuesday - both organised by the company. There are football sessions twice a week, organised by the colleagues themselves.
The compnay also holds volunteer activities from time to time. The rest of the time departments would orgnised thier own activities.