1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a very valuable experience full of enriching opportunities that help you grow both professionally and personally. The social side of it is also amazing, given that Volkswagen Group has a big cohort of Undergraduates. In my case there were around 40-50 students in the business, which made the experience even more enjoyable!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
You feel valued by your colleagues at all times and you are treated like any other team member. You get the change to manage projects independently and as a team, set up meetings with both customers and suppliers... During your Placement Year in Volkswagen Group you get the chance to truly make an impact on the company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance is available along the whole journey. Everyone is approachable, whether you have a question regarding a task or you are simply curious about how something works: people are there to help! It is also great to have regular meetings with your manager, who constantly reminds you that no question is a silly question!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There are periods of more and less work, but overall the work balance is great. You learn how to effectively manage your time to successfully deliver projects. The tasks are also varied so you are able to develop different skills.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
You are given responsibilities from day one. From managing projects to talking to suppliers and producing company reports, a lot of variety! It is great to see that your work is actually adding value to the company.
However, it is also worth noting that people are always there to guide you along the way.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills you develop over your Placement Year at Volkswagen Group are invaluable in the academic world. You become a more rounded individual who is able to think outside the box. You can relate many topics that you have studied with real-work scenarios and you also become more productive and efficient.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office is very amicable, you feel at home from day one. There are people from different age ranges and everybody is approachable and friendly. Very often you would have a team lunch or coffee with your team and there are many opportunities to network and socialise in the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement at Volkswagen Group is well organised and managed. Another interesting thing is, during your Placement you get involved in an Undergraduate Group Project that is organised by the company. It is a great chance to discover more about a different part of the business and share and present your business ideas along other undergraduates.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The personal training and development opportunities are great. There are some compulsory courses and some optional programmes. There is a wide variety of choice and you are able to tailor your training journey to your goals. Your manager is also very supportive and encourages you to get involved with as much training as possible!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A placement in Volkswagen Group definitely helps your future employment prospects. The fact that you have worked in a globally recognised multinational company, is a great thing to add on your CV. Plus, the Placement also puts you in an advantage when looking to apply to the Graduate Scheme in the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene is a very big positive. Both with fellow workers and with other students in Placement. We always used to have lunch together in the canteen and organise events for after work. People tend to share a house with other students so that makes the life outside work more social too!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising are okay, it really depends what you compare it to! You do get a company car so that makes travelling around Milton Keynes a lot easier and cheaper! In my case, the fact that Milton Keynes is so close to London was a very good perk, the train to London is only half an hour.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are plenty of activities to get involved outside work. Visiting Campbell park, the Hub, Stoney Stratford, the shopping centre, cinema, indoor ski slope and so much more!
You’ll never be more than 15 minutes from work, and no more than 5 minutes from the nearest petrol station, gym or eatery.