Industrial Placement at Aldi

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Isle of Sheppey South East
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Salary
£24,000 - £25,999
Roles
Business Management Employment Law

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8.4/10

The Role
9.7
Organisation
8.8

Socialising

6.0

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I have worked with so many fantastic people that have helped me, encouraged me, challenged me and overall made my experience with ALDI fantastic. The improvement that I have seen in myself from start to finish is huge and I believe that very few placements would have been able to offer me the same.

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I worked alongside passionate, knowledgable and friendly team members everyday. They gave me honest and clear feedback that allowed me to continuously improve.

8/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I strongly believe that the extent to which you develop throughout the year is heavily guided by your Mentor. The time they invest in giving you feedback & possible development points that are relevant to you and your leadership style is proportional to how much you improve in my opinion. For myself, I had a fantastic mentor who allowed me to develop significantly during the placement year.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The job does consist of long hours and tough deadlines, that is something to be aware of. But at the same time, you are given real responsibility to help develop solutions for problems that could impact the business at a store, regional or national level.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

During your time working in store, you will be trusted to cover salaried managers, this means being responsible for the daily function of that store as the most senior manager present. When working on projects, you will be given real responsibility to help propose and implement a solution for a problem that the region is currently facing. This allows you to see your impact directly across all of the stores in the region.

10/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

You will be given the chance to manage a number of teams, in a fast paced environment that is changing frequently. The greatest takeaway from this placement year for myself has been my personal development. I am now a lot more knowledgable about my leadership style, how I would solve problems from start to finish, how to handle my time effectively and I have developed a strong understanding of the business environment. During my studies, I have not been able to completely understand every component and department that works together to allow a business to run, this is an area which I have gained a huge amount of knowledge about and will allow me to provide real-world examples of during my final year of university.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office was a professional environment that felt daunting to be a part of at first but as time went on and I started to build a relationship with the people in the office, that feeling faded.

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The training plan was not completely adhered to but I did not think that was relevant or impacted my year. Firstly, COVID-19 meant that the general structure had to be adjusted to where help was needed the most as the priorities changed. It was then slightly changed to allow me to spend time different stores and alongside different Area Managers which was a huge positive.

8/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

As I mentioned earlier, my mentor played a huge part in my development. I was given honest and real feedback alongside different opportunities that were not part of the planned structure but were fantastic experiences.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Car
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I am hugely interested in coming back to ALDI after my final year of university.

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The other placement students will be one of your most trusted contacts. They are going through the exact same experiences as you are so the support that you can give one another is significant.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

The cost of living was relatively expensive but I chose the location due to its proximity to my homes stores. The location that you choose within the region itself is important as travel distance from one side to the other can be long and expensive.

6/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

4/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were not a huge amount of activities taking place outside of work mainly due to COVID-19 during the second half of my placement.

6/10

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