10 week program with Tesco managing your own department in a store environment.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The Store Internship experience was really enjoyable and gave a great insight in to what a management role entails as well as an idea of how to progress in the business. The program is set out in a way that familiarises you with the various different departments before delving deeper into a single department.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The running of the program from head office (London) may have felt like a distance from working in Leeds if it wasn’t for the weekly communication from the program leader as well as the friendliness of the people in store, guiding me to do a better job and learn more complex leadership skills.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Again, this is Store dependant but overall I felt I was valued by the management team and given next steps to follow and review, which provided structure. Anything I asked was answered in a friendly manner and the Lead Managers made a point of personally developing me to the standard they would look for in a team manager.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days I was very busy and stayed late / didn’t take my required break, but retail is very turbulent and some days were very quiet and the difficulty cane in finding jobs to do and not feeling like I was floating around doing nothing. Overall I was mainly kept busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The department was mine and mine alone from week 5 out of a 10 week programme. I was left to my own devices to make changes and manage colleagues and was given help when I asked for it. I was given additional responsibilities based on what I was showing I was capable of and this really helped my progression.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In terms of Degree, I doubt this programme will have any bearing however wanting to do the graduate position at Tesco, I believe this is a key insight into what the role will entail and will definitely help me manage a team in the future, be that with Tesco or elsewhere.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Obviously retail can be very stressful but amid this the team we’re always nice to one another and collaborating to get the job done, aside from some usual brokering. Again, the opportunity to ring the course leader if we felt stressed out acted as a safety net to fall into on a busy day.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall very well organised. The structure of the program is quite loose so that everyone can take from it what they like and have some direction without having an hour by hour plan to stick to. Sometimes the communication was lagging but aside from that I had no other qualms.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Again, for the stores internship this is very store dependant on the people who are in there. I personally received a lot of training and additional material as I wanted to progress and asked for it. The weekly conference calls with the program leader also gave us opportunities to up skill
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would absolutely love a position on the graduate programme based on this internship. It has shown me how much I enjoy having a management role as well as an opportunity to connect with like minded individuals and create and maintain contacts for the future. There is a very clear chain of command and process to follow to progress.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Being on the stores internship there is rarely someone else in a similar position to you, but connecting with other stores interns and office interns provides social activities when wanted with the added bonus of making friends with managers and colleagues in store. From the sounds of it, the office interns had a very social 10 weeks
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Minimal as the stores are usually close to home towns. The ritual daily Tesco meal deals add up more than expected but that’s down to personal preference. Every store had somewhere you can bring food from home and keep in the fridge to lower costs. Expenses for trips down to head office can be claimed back
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Too tired to go on many a night out and again, completely dependant on where you are placed.
Down in head office there is the option of getting the train into London where I imagine the nightlife is fabulous...in Batley my only experience of it was drinks coming into the shop on a Friday late night
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. I’d say more so for the office interns but in store there is always invitations to go places for lunch or things going on to get involved in and you become very close with the team very quickly so the awkwardness dissipates after the first couple of weeks working with them