A thoroughly enjoyable placement year enabling me to gain an insight to office life in London. The team at Randstad were fantastic and I was made to feel very welcome, and part of the team from day one. Although the work could become repetitive at times, the energy and atmosphere in the office helped motivation greatly. A great placement year!
Made to feel very at home straight away, and I have made some great friends and connections that will last long beyond this placement year. Everyone was extremely friendly and I could always ask for help if I required it. The social aspect to living and working in London helped solidify these relationships.
Support was offered and given. Weekly meetings, monthly appraisals and a mentor made it easy to locate and make the best of some extremely knowledgeable individuals within the field.
As busy as one should expect to be whilst working a role in London. It wasn't overly full on, and the team could enjoy a joke around between calls. Days leading up to assesment centres could become stressful, but not unmanageable.
Treated like a full time employee and the expectations were of that as well. Within the role I was quite buttoned in to what I had to do, but was left to my own devises on the whole to complete tasks and meet my own targets.
Limited application of degree based material, but invaluable experience of office life. The responsibility and confidence I was able to gain are perhaps the most important things I can take forward with me to my final year. The job didn't feel like it required any university experience, so don't expect years of lectures to suddenly make a reappearance in this role. This is a perfect role for an outgoing student looking for a taster of work life.
Very fun, vibrant and enthusiastic office, with everyone celebrating each others success. Helped form great bonds with fellow team members and wider colleagues. With a predominantly young workforce I felt I fitted right in, and always had something to talk about with people. The Christmas party and summer conference echoed this sense of team spirit and were great fun as well.
It was fairly well set up, however didn't deliver a clear structure for personal development that some people may be looking for. Once your training was given, you were very much within that role doing the same thing for the remainder of the placement, so skillset became very suited to the role, but not particularly expanded upon.
Randstad did help us become very good at recruiting and spotting talent. Not too much was offered in terms of developing skills outside of the job role, but this wasn't an issue for myself.
Had a very good relationship with colleagues and managers alike. I put in the effort to my work whilst also ensuring I developed long lasting relationships with them. I would certainly be interested in a return if an opportunity arises.
Not too much organised via Randstad, but we organised a lot of drinks etc amongst ourselves. As we were all in a similar stage of our career, we could bond over shared interests and passions. Very good social scene, especially for a first time working in London.
Cost of living was high, but worth it for proximity to the office and to enable social gatherings post work. I would recommend spending a bit more and living in London, as opposed to worrying about when your last train home is.
We frequented bars and pubs , not nightclubs which suited me. Always a new pub to try so can't fault that.
There were on occasion, but it was up to your own volition to seek these out. If you didn't put the effort in, they won't fall in your lap.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Central London and City