1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The large cohort of interns were a highlight for this placement, as well as my supportive team. My routine tasks soon became simple, but I was given a couple of unique projects throughout the year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team, from my manager to my director, were extremely supportive and engaging, and always showed their appreciation for work and gave me real responsibility.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was always on hand with any issues that I had, and if I was given tasks from elsewhere, he always assisted with these too where I need it. Other members of my team were also always willing to help wherever they could.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning of my placement, I was busier with routine tasks as I was unfamiliar with them and everything took longer. Towards the end, I was efficient at completing these, so had more spare time. I was given administrative tasks to fill time where possible.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was very much left to my own devices with my portfolio of reports, to update, analyse and publish them. I was also given the opportunity to develop bespoke reports in response to requests from my director.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My excel skills were developed significantly, as I had no real experience with this before. I think that my communication and collaboration skills were also refined, as well as my autonomy and time management.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is relaxed, the office is open plan, with "pit stops" on each level where you can get coffee, chat and meet for lunch. For birthdays or occasions, desks were decorated and there were celebrations!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were sessions run at the beginning of placement for things such as Excel.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was always support where needed - for things such as issues on Excel from the I.T. team. There were also opportunities to attend meetings off and on site, developing professional communication skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think that I would personally prefer employment within a different industry, but the office atmosphere and environment is appealing, as well as the opportunity to complete a rotational graduate scheme with Renault, experiencing different aspects of the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a fabulous Christmas party, and interns and graduates were always up for organising evenings at the pub or other nights out. There was also an intern leaving do.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area was commutable to central London, so prices reflect this.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Watford is the nearest time with nightlife, the closest thing that you will get to that near the office is lovely local pubs.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Interns and graduates were responsible for organising activities outside of work, I believe that in other departments there was more opportunity to attend events such as the London Marathon with Renault, that you could definitely get involved with at request.