I enjoyed my placement at Nissan GB (Sales and Marketing). I enjoyed the work that was available to me and the team I was working alongside. There was also lots of fun opportunities to get involved in (will vary depending where you are based), but I was able to visit the manufacturing site in Sunderland and go to multiple Champions league football games. Overall, very enjoyable.
I did feel for the most part very valued by my team; I was treated as if I was a full-time employee, which was reflected in the tasks I was given and the responsibility I held. The tasks I completed for my team, I could see the importance of them, which was nice.
My manager was supportive throughout the whole process, I felt like I could ask questions and talk through work problems with her, and ask for advice. I regularly had feedback sessions. My wider team were also supportive. In fact most employees are friendly and help you learn skills and will always support you.
The nature of my job, meant I was always very busy and there was always a lot of work to complete, something which in the second half of the placement I managed to organise my time more effectively. This placement is not for someone who thinks a placement year is for making tea!
Given a large amount of responsibility, and managed certain aspects of my job completely on my own. Definitely real responsibilities and a real job, which increased in the second half of the placement.
There is nothing that can beat corporate experience. From a work perspective I developed a lot during the year and learnt many skills which can not be taught at uni. I hope to use these when I enter the world of work after I complete my degree.
The general atmosphere in the office was very good and friendly, and fairly upbeat. If you were going to get a coffee etc in the kitchen's, other employees would always chat to you, so overall was friendly. My team was also fairly upbeat and fun.
The placement was well organised and structured. I had lots of tasks to complete ie weekly and monthly so there was always enough to do. All students also had a mid year event after 6 months, where we were set a new project which was fun. However, the ending was disrupted due to Covid-19, however overall well organised.
There was lots of training courses you could attend, either online or with a trainer that came in. The company will invest in you, if you want to go on the courses etc. I was also allowed to go on company visits, ie to Sunderland which allowed me to develop and I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
While on Placement, they offered a fast track graduate scheme. For those who want to return, they offer a great graduate scheme with good development opportunities.
Yes very good social scheme. There was 15 placement students in my year and 5 of us lived together, so we would regularly socialise and hold social events at ours. There was also clubs at work people could get involved in.
It is more expensive in the south, especially rent, we were paying london rent. However Nissan pay reasonably so was not a huge problem. There is not much to do around the office, so we would tend to go into London for socials, which is obviously expensive, but it is well worth it for events.
Nothing around the office (Rickmansworth) apart from some pubs, which we would go to after work. However, we tended to travel into London - London itself is very good.
Yes, there was a bootcamp club and football club, run through the sports and social club.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
11th June 2020