Monitor price evolutions in a basket of competitors.
Other reporting: order takes, payment preferences.
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1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My role was very desk based which allowed me to really develop my skills using Excel. I enjoy analysing data and producing reports which meant my role was very suited to me. I also had to opportunity to lead meetings which really developed my presentation skills. On the whole, I had a very enjoyable time at Renault.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From the first day I felt very involved and valued. I was able to build a relationship with my manager and department immediately which was crucial for the year ahead. Numerous 1 to 1 meetings with my manager in the first couple of weeks was great to learn about the role and each other.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager had little spare time, however, this did not stop him ensuring I was comfortable in my role. At the start of placement we would tackle problems together, allowing me the opportunity to take notes to be independent moving forward. My team were all very supportive in giving insight towards how my role was vital within the team.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My main role involved a monthly analysis of pricing position within the market. This required a lot of analysis into price evolutions. Outside of my main role, I produced other reports on a weekly basis, meaning I had plenty to do during each month cycle. Some days were less busy than others, which means you have the opportunity to take your role further.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a very unique role within Renault. My manager worked on many other important projects meaning I had much of the responsibility for my work. As placement went on, I became more autonomous to the point I would complete my work, then have a meeting with my manager to discuss my results, then send my reports out.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Placement is a huge opportunity to develop your skills within a business environment. I am very grateful for the skills i have acquired during my year at Renault. My business confidence has massively increased meaning I find it much easier to analyse problems and work towards a solution which will help me in my degree and future jobs. My developed Excel skills will also prove effective in future roles.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was very social and willing to discuss topics regarding inside / outside work. Everyone also had a job to do, therefore, i found there was a perfect balance of working hard and well needed breaks to refresh the mind. During busy periods, as expected, the office was generally quieter than usual.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well structured overall and i thoroughly enjoyed my time at Renault. The placement is one year in one role, therefore, if you wanted to learn more about other departments, it was your responsibility to do so. However, managers are very flexible for you to make the most out of your placement, provided you complete your work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Renault invest in your development a fair amount. You are going to be working there for a year engaging in real roles. At the start of placement there were many training session regarding Excel, internet safety, legal (such as data retention). Further training sessions were also available for those that requested it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
As an intern at Renault, you are given a real opportunity to make a difference in the company. If you perform well, they run graduate schemes that they may ask if you are interested in. With such experience of Renault already you are certainly a favourite against other candidates for the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Renault employ a lot of placement students each year. I was one of about 27 other interns. This made the social scene very enjoyable during my time at Renault. On top of this, the permanent staff at Renault are very friendly and are very much up for a chat during breaks or even a pint after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is fairly average. The office is based at Maple Cross meaning Watford is very near. You are able to get very affordable housing if you look hard enough, however, Rickmansworth is the closest you could get to the office and is quite expensive in comparison. Food prices are standard and gym is very cheap in watford (£12 p/m).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Immidiately around the office, there is limited availability for socialising. There are a few pubs nearby, however, even they are a 5 minute drive away. Moving into Watford, there are plenty of options. The new shopping entre has recently opened with bowling, cinema and many nightclubs. Topgolf is also a very enjoyable night.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a few option for clubs outside of work such as the Renault football team, tennis club, and even yoga sessions. Renault subsidise membership for the nearby gym which means there are a few employees that go there before or after work. There could be more options available, however, there is a decent selection.