People Development Executive

by Volkswagen Group UK


  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement year and it was a fantastic introduction and first step in my career path. Working in such a large business allows you to network and experience different jobs you knew little about before. This placement year allowed me to expand my capabilities and gain solid examples of competencies and project based work. I had plenty of personal development opportunities including external courses that were funded by the business. The level of responsibility I was given at an early stage was really exciting.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt really valued on the scheme and built lasting professional relationships. My team was really small but it meant that I engaged in cross departmental projects and was able to work alongside colleagues from other areas of the business. The reward and recognition scheme was really good which helped in feeling recognised in the business.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My line manager was extremely supportive but also gave me lots of room to own my projects and make decisions. They really encouraged personal development opportunities and actively encouraged my engagement with projects in and out of the business.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was extremely busy on a daily basis which I thrived in. I would often have multiple projects on the go which enhanced my time management and prioritization skills.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • As our team was really small and my line manager worked part time I was given a lot of responsibility and ownership of projects. This meant I often had to act on my own initiative and back up decisions I had made.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The time management skills I enhanced this year will be essential to my final year of university. My process orientation, communication skills and project management experience will be highly transferable to future jobs.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • I worked in one of the smaller brands which meant I was familiar to most people in the office and everyone spoke to eachother! There was always something fun and charitable to get involved in.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement was well organised and there was regular check ins and quarterly reviews.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • There were plenty of online and face to face courses to sign up for. The business constantly reminded you to check in with your personal development.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Company Car

    Financial Bonus

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Once you are on the placement scheme there is the opportunity to fast track through some of the graduate assessment process.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There is a large cohort of undergraduates and therefore plenty of opportunity for socializing.


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


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Not as good as a big city, but lots of pubs, bars and restaurants


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Yes - I played sport outside of work for a local and regional team.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)


Greater London

July 2020

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