I really enjoyed my placement year.
I had a great relationship with my team and they always made me feel welcome right from the beginning. They treated me as a member of the team not just a placement student and I know I will stay in touch with them for the foreseeable. I felt valued by my team as I felt I could always help them out and they would ask me too as well. The fact that they kept me on past the end date of my placement also suggested to me I was valued at randstad.
My manager, Linzi, was so supportive. She helped me whenever I needed it and was so helpful through my year with Randstad. The team also provided great support whenever I needed it. I never felt alone/ stuck and thought the support was one of the best parts of my placement. They really cared about you and how you were doing. We would have monthly catch ups to go over any personal things and I think that was really useful.
I was surprisingly busy during my placement. I think I thought I might be doing a lot of admin work and expected to be a bit bored/ not challenged during my placement. I was so wrong, I had a lot of a work to do (in a good way) and felt the team weren’t afraid to give us the same workload as them. It was a really good taster of the industry and what to expect going into full time work.
I was given more responsibility that I expected. Sometimes this would be slightly stressful but it was the role I applied for so I’m happy I got to fully experience it from that point of view. I was actually running projects and in a lot of well-being teams etc which really gave me a sense of purpose at randstad. I think having a lot of responsibility in your placement is really important as it helps you to know what to expect in the real world, and I feel confident and ready for that.
My team couldn’t help me enough with my degree. Every opportunity that arose was offered to me to help aid my degree and my experience. I study psychology and so I was put forward for social committees and wellbeing champion, I can’t thank randstad enough for the time they put into me and the opportunities they gave me. It’s definitely the right place to network, even if the placement isn’t directly related to your degree as such.
We had a great experience. At first I felt quite young in the office and I thought it was going to be too serious for me as I was based in head office. However I was quickly proved wrong and we had such a laugh everyday. It was a professional environment with everyone getting things done, but also had a relaxed vibe for if you needed five minutes out of work and to have a break.
I thought my placement was really well organised compared to other people I know on different placements. I always knew where I was and what I was doing even from the off. Tom was In Contact with me at the beginning and made sure I had all the right times and days before starting which is really nice when you’re nervous for your first day. One thing I would suggest, is having more opportunities for all the placements to meet eachother. I had another placement in my department so I was lucky, but I know a few placements didn’t have many people they knew that were also placements so an event or something would have been good.
They couldn’t have invested in me more. Nothing was too much trouble and even people in higher positions that didn’t necessarily know me well were willing to help and aid my development. It’s a very open company that accepts anyone, whether you have no experience or tonnes. I feel like randstad is somewhere I have grown massively and that’s thanks to them putting the time and effort in to make sure I was getting everything I could out of it.
Very appealing. I think it’s a great company to work for.
This is the only thing I would say could have had more work, however I do think that was due to my location. I was in head office and so most of my colleagues were older. We did go out for drinks and trips to London etc but I know the placements in London had much more of a social scene, which is understandable. I would have liked to interact with the other placements a bit more.
Normal, I already lived in the area.
We would normally get the train into London and have a night out there. Luton isn’t the most social place but I’d you had one of the London placements it was definitely a lot more sociable.
There were so many activities. Most months things were planned from meals out, lunches out, nights out or actual sports events. The good thing about randstad is they are so international and global that they have endless events and opportunities to get involved in things outside of work that you wouldn’t normally get that involved in. I think if you are looking for opportunities it’s a really good place to work on your placement year.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Administration/Secretarial, Business Analytics, Human Resources, Human Rights Law, Marketing, Medical/Health, Psychology