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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
There were sessions run at the beginning of placement for things such as Excel.
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.
Working from home
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.
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.
The area was commutable to central London, so prices reflect this.
Watford is the nearest time with nightlife, the closest thing that you will get to that near the office is lovely local pubs.
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.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
2nd November 2019