- 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
- 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
- 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
- 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
- 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
- 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
- 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
- 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
- 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
- 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
- 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
- 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?
I have loved my year working for Volkswagen Group UK. It has provided so many opportunities to network and expose myself into a number of workstreams and areas of the business outside of my normal role. My team have been brilliant and I have loved going into the office everyday and having laughs with colleagues which I think I am going to miss the most. Even in the current odd time of COVID-19 I have kept in touch with all my team and enjoyed regular calls and quizzes.
I have felt and extremely valued member of my team and know that my role plays an essential part in the success of our business. You really are given a proper role with a number of responsibilities and I know that without me, another full time person would have to be employed to fill the role. I have not heard that any of my friends at other companies have as much responsibility and although it was a bit dauting at first, I have learned so much which I can now take and apply into later working life.
I have had great support from both of my managers and colleagues. Although my team are normally always very busy, they seem to always be able to spare a minute to help with any queries I have. If at times I have felt like I haven't got as much support as I need, I have felt comfortable to speak to my managers about this and they have thanked me for doing so and the issue resolved going forwards.
My role has kept me extremely busy and at times I have found it hard to keep on top of everything. However, I have learned great time management skills from this and gained an excellent ability to prioritise tasks and portion out my days. I had more core tasks than other friends working within the group and not as much ability to take on projects however, this has meant I can excel at these core tasks and impress my team with improvements.
I have been given a lot of responsibility in my role from paying dealer bonuses, producing a number of core reports that show performance of our dealers and weekly forecasting. It was scary at first but has made me feel like my role is very important and I can apply all I have learned into later life.
I have developed many skills such as time management, analytical ability, attention to detail and handling responsibility. All of these skills will help me significantly when going back to university and i'm sure will help me to excel in my chosen modules. I know these will also be very useful when applying for graduate roles and applying into future jobs having attained one. I know these skills will be recognised and appreciated by future manager and colleagues and probably help me stand out in pools of applicants.
There was a friendly atmosphere in my office and I always looked forward to going in every morning. From doing tea rounds to having a joke with my head of department, there was always a chance to socialise to have a small break from working. I think this is what I will miss the most!
The placement was well organised, on your first day you get access to your computer, ID card and a booklet with lots of helpful information. There is also weekly catch up's with your line manager to check how you are doing as well as a review after 6 months. The only thing that could have been better is a few essential tasks that could be added, e.g. shadowing a member from a different brand for a day.
The company invested greatly in this, I have been on a number of training courses included Intermediate and Advanced Excel, Time management and Life at Volkswagen Group. I was hoping to attend a presentation course but unfortunately this has not been able to happen due to COVID-19. There is also quarterly core E-learning on a portal you must complete and lots of other optional courses available to you.
Above 25 days holiday
I would definitely consider working for Volkswagen Group in the future. The Graduate scheme is extremely competitive as there are not many roles so this is something that could be better if more opportunities were available. However, you can apply for a normal role and as it is a global business, you can apply for a job anywhere around the world. It would be great if there was some kind of head start for your application abroad if you've worked for the company before.
Yes, as there was about 40 undergraduates we would all speak frequently in a facebook chat and arrange to meet up after work or on the weekends. I lived with 3 other undergraduates which I have really enjoyed and has meant I've had a great social life going to London on the weekend or having days out together.
The cost of living was reasonable, especially when living so close to London however, it is reasonably expensive to buy drinks out etc. There are lots of activities available in Milton Keynes though like indoor skiing, skydiving, trampolining etc. There are also lots of nice free things to do like walk round the safari park or along one of the many rivers/canals.
The nightlife was not the best in terms of big clubs however, there are a countless number of places to go for dinks or cocktails. It's also very close to London and the trains are very frequent making it easy to venture there for the day/evening. I went on a lot of nights out in London and enjoyed it a lot.
Yes, myself and a few members of my team started a weekly running club and even went and did a running event together. I really enjoyed this and it was great to bond over shared interests. There are also a few activities that work run including netball and 5 a-side football which you can get involved in.
Placement Year (10 Months+)