1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working at Volkswagen Group UK was an amazing opportunity and I enjoyed my time here very much. You were given so much responsibility which made each day much more enjoyable. You were required to take charge on projects and get involved as a full time team member would, your opinion was just as valued as theirs.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my team as my opinions and ideas were taken into consideration as though I had been there for years. There were also so many opportunities to socialise with your teams, from whole brand team building days to individual team outings, this as a placement student makes a huge difference to your time at the company as you become part of the 'family'.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We were given so much advice and guidance from a range of different people. We had multiple sessions with the HR team throughout our year where we could learn new skills and raise any concerns. My line manager was also very supportive, we had weekly 1-2-1 sessions where I could raise any issues or ask any questions I may have. I was also able to use these sessions to learn anything new that I may be interested in.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on a daily basis, but for me this is exactly what I wanted. I was never bored or sat with nothing to do. There were certain times of the year that were busier than others, but on average it was a perfect balance of being busy but not so busy I couldn't control what was going on.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given so much responsibility throughout my year and this I think is the biggest factor for me. I was in charge of multiple projects which increased not only my knowledge in the business sector but also my management knowledge. The level of responsibility was amazing and I wouldn't change this.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Being back at University for my final year I have already used a lot of the skills I learnt during my time at VWG. Not only the practical skills I learnt on placement are helping the 'work lifestyle' is also helping with my productivity at University. The training I received will stay with me for life and I am very grateful for all I learnt on placement.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was very suited to the brand. It was a very professional but relaxed environment. You are able to go and speak to anyone in any department and brand if you require to do so which made it very comfortable. Even though it was such a big company it felt very inclusive.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
VWG HR were very supportive throughout the placement, before we started they kept in touch and ran days to get to know the other placement students before you started.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
In terms of personal training and development you were able to take multiple courses throughout the year as we had a dedicated Learning and Development team who were there to ensure they invested in your personal development. If you were interested in a certain course or skill they would work with you to supply this.
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?
I would love to go back to VWG on their Graduate Scheme and go on to keep working for them after.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
One of the biggest selling points for this placement is the community of placement students with you, there were around 40 of us in the same building. As you can imagine this ensured there were a community of us, we socialised inside and outside of work on a regular basis.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living in Milton Keynes is not 'cheap as chips' however it is not overly expensive. If you live with other placement students you are able to save money on living costs. The cost of socialising is not that expensive, as you do not have to pay to get into many 'clubs' in Milton Keynes.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Milton Keynes is more a meal and drinks kind of place. There are a few nightclubs which are busy on the weekend. However as it is not a University/student town it does not have much nightlife in the week days, which is good when you are working anyway!!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there is many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work. Personally I joined the local hockey club where I trained and played matches each week, which kept me busy outside of work hours. Work also provide opportunities to play sports such as football & netball which means you can do something with work colleagues outside of the work environment.