1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved my year at RMP Enterprise and was definitely sad to leave! Everyone in the team is very friendly and made me feel welcome straight away, and the work you get involved with is varied and interesting. I was given a lot of responsibility but never felt like I wasn't able to ask for help either. I've learnt a lot about marketing and will take it with my for my final year at uni!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt valued during my time at RMP, I was made to feel like any other full-time member of the team and not 'just a placement student'. I felt comfortable putting forward any ideas or suggestions I had to the rest of the team, and felt that these were valued and taken into account.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You are given tonnes of support at RMP. My manager was great and we worked closely together on a number of projects. We had weekly check-ins to run through projects I was working on and we also had quarterly performance reviews. These ensured I was kept on track with goals and could push myself to achieve more. Everyone in the team is always willing to help out and answer any question you may have, I never felt like I couldn't ask someone!
I also had a mentor during my time at RMP who was also there for support and guidance, and was super helpful in helping me develop my soft skills.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
You are definitely kept busy during your placement year at RMP, and get to work on a variety of projects, so there is always something to do and means it's never boring!
Working on a variety of projects at one time also helped me to improve my time management and prioritisation skills, which I can take with me for my final year at uni.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Lots! As a placement student, you are trusted to work on a lot of big projects and also run some of your own. For example, having control over the RateMyPlacement social channels and working with the creative team to come up with new and exciting content to post, working on email marketing campaigns and big client reports.
It's been great to see how projects I have helped work on make an impact on the business!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have massively improved my confidence and communication skills since being at RMP, and this is down to being pushed out of my comfort zone but knowing I had my manager/team's support and encouragement!
Not only this but I've also been exposed to the different areas you can go into within marketing, and now am clear on which avenue I want to pursue after uni.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone at RMP is very friendly which makes for a great atmosphere, the free breakfasts and 4:30 finishes on a Friday are also a great perk! The office is open plan so you are able to communicate with different teams easily, and they have regular whole-team meetings in there too. There is a great social scene amongst RMP - many socials were arranged during the year which was a fun way to get to know people from different teams!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was set up well - there is only one placement student (however they have hired two this year!) and a lot of the big projects are carried over so you can envision what you will be working on during the year, however there is opportunity to get involved with different aspects of the business and put forward ideas for your own projects! I never felt bored, or as though I had nothing to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company provided me with plenty of opportunities for training and investing my personal development. If there was an area of the business I expressed an interest in, I was able to chat this through with my manager and arrange training with the relevant person. For example, Google Analytics training with the Digital Marketing Manager, Facebook Ads training, and also help on Photoshop! I was also able to develop my soft skills through presentation training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company is great so if the right role came up, I would definitely apply.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only placement student, however this didn't matter as everyone is generally young, very friendly and there was a great social scene! There are also Graduate Interns who start at a similar time, who are of a similar age.
We had quarterly socials with inclusive activities for all but also drinks on a Friday in the office which was good fun!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home during my placement year, so was lucky as the commute was fairly easy to zone 2! The cost of food/drink is standard of what you would expect for London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Brixton is a fun place to go out and we regularly went to the pub/ Barrio around the corner which is good fun and has a fab happy hour! However, getting into central London is easy enough if you wanted to.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes - I was involved in a 20 mile walk to raise money for the charity partner, Centrepoint, which was a great (and tiring!) day! There was also other charity events to get involved in such as the sleep out and wine tasting evenings, alongside all the other social activities that are put on during the year.