1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was given a lot of responsibility from the start. My manager was there to talk to but really I did the full roll. I really liked that I looked after my area and by the end of the year people were coming to me for answers. I felt that I learnt so much about me, what I could do, and the business
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
People were very friendly, they were busy but made time for me. At the end people came to me for answers and views and I knew my area in sales.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very busy and was unwell for some of the time and not at work. My team were helpful and in the last few months I had a new and brilliant line manager. Everyone is busy but they always helped when I asked.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the start it took a while to get busy, after a couple of weeks I had my own mini projects and was doing a lot of the base work for important presentations to customers as well as working in range reviews. I felt busy by the end, the time flew by.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Loads, I felt that I was trusted with my projects and roll.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
More helped me get a taste for business and fmcg. Not
So much for my course which is quite theoretical. I loved working and hope to go back.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really friendly, lots of team drinks on the Park. I was also invited along. We had nights out also with the grads and the other placements. There is always so much going on on the park.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I had a workplan and review with my line manager. I got to know the placements and head in my team well. We had some training courses at the end which were good. There was a WhatsApp group for messaging which was useful.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
It got better towards the end when we had some training courses just for us on placements. I learnt a lot from my 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?
I really want to go back after Uni. I don’t think that there are many jobs for grads but we did go to a session in Dairies where they talked about other jobs not on the grad program which was interesting.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, it is great. Made lots of friends and had a great time. We all lived very close together.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Rent was quite high compared to Uni but we shared other things like food in the house and we were close to work.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Excellent. There were lots of people on placement from my Uni round and a lot of placements from work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Volunteering, we had a few days out from the office in the summer and at Christmas. There is also basketball on the park which some of the placements did.