1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Lots of freebies! Loads of companies come in and give away their products. It’s also a lovely campus with great work areas. Surround by really awesome people that are active outside their workplace as well. I felt there’s was a fab work life balance and made some really great friendships.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel like I was really helping out my team, I was given my own project to help save food waste for Tesco in supply chain. My line manager continuously have me work that was valued or used again through my time here by myself or other colleagues. I felt very valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Always had my line manager around, he booked time out for me so he could be around to support. If he wasn’t around there was also plenty of people willing to help you either that he organised to support you while he was away or just many helpful people in the office.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I felt as an intern I wasn’t worked as hard as I could’ve been. I never found myself out of work but sometimes found myself dragging projects out so I wouldn’t be. But I know the actual employees here at Tesco in supply chain have busy jobs and enjoy the level they are worked!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given my own project to complete over the ten weeks that would actually impact Tesco food waste. I got to do data analysis that would effect how we see problems and finally used this data trialling it in stores. This has then been investigated to be used further.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I’m an engineer and working in supply chain doing data analysis will definitely help me back at university. As well as this I’ve developed a lot of personal skills such as writing emails (harder then you think), presentation skills and communication skills for example being in meeting and making a contribution.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone in my office in supply chain is super friendly and helpful! As well as this they have an active post work life. For example regular sports club after work like badminton or going to the pub after work and doing a pub quiz. It a young department so I got on with everyone!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My line manager had organised miles stones to complete through the ten weeks, as well as this we met weekly to discuss anything extra I wanted to get out of the internship and what he expected from me for that week to complete. I felt very organised and knew exactly what was coming next.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Weekly I would meet with my line manager and report anything knew I wished to develop or learn. This included getting better at presenting data so he organised a couple of extra presentations for me. As well as this I was allowed to go to various other activities and training sessions.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I really enjoyed the placement and I have decided that data analysis is something I wish to go into however as great as my internship has been I’m not sure if I’ll come back. I believe this is because I want to experience more work places before I finish uni. But I’ll be happy to come back.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
My team and department are very active and hold many activities in the evening. We often go to the pub in the evenings . The other interns often join and I got along with them really well. The graduates also organise a lot of extra things like a summer bash.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I ended up living with family as they also work around here so my rent and travel was very cheap in comparison to other interns. Many people moaned about how expensive trains and travel was into Welwyn but if you lift share you get a free food voucher for the canteen!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
A nightlife? We go to the pub but very rarely stay out very late which I don’t mind. However if we wish to have a proper nightlife we go into London. It’s fairly cheap and quick to go into London for the night and have a good time down there!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
My line manager often forwarded emails which explained extra events going on that I could join. Some of these were free others cost a couple of pounds or a little bit more. I felt Tesco organised a lot of things that employees can get involved with. Joining the gym is also easy