1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved working at TESCO as a supply chain intern. It gave me the social skills and confidence to kick on with my career, having previously been unsure about what I should do. Moreover, the supply chain industry is a dynamic one, undergoing a lot of digital transformation, and it was exciting to see how TESCO are coping with it.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues because although I came in with limited experience, especially in relation to coding, I wa willing to learn, and that was all that mattered. I made clear what I wanted to achieve at the start of my internship and I feel that my colleagues were on board with me at all times.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was great - she was able to answer any conerns I had at all times, and I was given plenty of feedback by my colleagues who were supervising me. At all times, this was constructive, and made me better at accomplishing my goals. This I believe is a result of TESCO's inclusive culture.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Quite busy in that supply chain is quite a pivotal area for any supermarket and especially TESCO. This is because they have a global supply chain, so I had to perform a variety of tasks with numerous different stakeholders every day. This was eased by the fact that I had ample time to learn.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a decent amount of responsibilty - enough to learn significantly and come back as a full time employee. This responsibility was increased over time as I became more comfortable with the role.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
A lot - I learnt the principles of coding which made things a lot easier during my final year and even now in terms of my data analysis skills. These skills are very marketable at a time when computer literacy is so important for the job market. I also learnt a lot of social skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great - we had a young and vibrant team full of people like myself, and this helped well with our cohesion. As data science techniques are increasingly being used in supply chain management nowadays, to some extent it was to be expected that most people are young. That said, everyone working in the team and TESCO created a positive atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised - TESCO have been doing their internship programme for years as they use it as a stepping stone for full time positions. I was thus able to appreciate the good levels of organisation evident throughout - from the application process to the internship itself, and I was assigned a mentor to help me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Great training - as mentioned, there was an emphasis on improving my technical ability, and I was given a lot of online and on-the-job training to learn and apply my coding skills. I feel that there was less emphasis on presentation skills and other soft skills. However, these are not as teachable.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Good - TESCO is a stable employer with a lot of clout, especially in the supply chain industry. I feel that having this internship made me well equipped to market myself for a full time position in both the supply chain team and other teams. Indeed, I was encouraged to think hard about which type of team would be most suitable for me full time.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?