- Desktop Support (imaging and re-imaging, sanitising, building)
- Compliance (ensuring the business was running smoothly)
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement for a year. I had so much to do. I learnt everything from scratch. Gave me new opportunities, got my experiences especially in the career I want to succeed in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I loved my colleagues. My work was working with the whole site and with people across other Collins sites, I made really good friends with my main colleagues in the IT field, they literally were like my “dad and grandfather” I really valued them and I’m still in touch with them.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support in what I wanted to do, in terms of if I came up with ideas I would be able to progress and proceed with them to take action and put them in place.
I was also given a lot of support of guidance when it came to online training, on-site training and where I could progress.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would never really have not nothing to do. It would be busy on some days and have some quite periods, however each day was different. I wouldn’t expect coming into work to do the same thing.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility, in terms of dealing with tasks, even running tasks and showcasing my presenting skills when a new software was deployed to the whole site. I had the responsibility to train my colleagues and those around the site.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed a range of skills, and everything I had learnt was from scratch. It was a lot in terms of working on a daily job role, so working hours, to be given responsibility. A lot of students think of placement as it not being responsible, as in you will not get as much as responsibility, but it’s not like that. You do get treated like an actual employee..
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I loved the general atmosphere. We would have the radio on in the background and just be working.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organised. The company was very professional.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to attend training sessions and I was given the opportunity to develop in myself so as I say presenting to my colleagues and training the colleagues.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would recommend this company a lot for future placements. Everyone is so welcoming and comforting and as I say you can progress and if you work well, there are opportunities to go back and work for them as a graduate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes we had regular times we could meet up and get together outside of work, we had a group chat too, so we could communicate one another.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It varied, in terms of living. There are local transport areas to get to Birmingham city centre, train station is right by. There is a pub right by work. Plenty of time to social.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
You would have to go to city centre, but it’s not bad in the sense easy to get too.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, we would get regular emails on this, and then there would be like smoothie challenges, outside football etc.