I have really enjoyed working for Randstad. The company culture is great, you are encouraged to have a laugh whilst also working really hard.
Within our team, I felt really integrated, and not treated like a placement student at all, rather like a full-time employee. The longer I worked, and the more I picked up, the more valued I felt, as I was contributing positively to the team.
When working in the office, we had 1-2-1's with our managers fortnightly, and then once we started working from home, they became weekly. During the beginning of my placement, I would have regular catch-ups to make sure I had everything that I needed, and if any support was required, there was plenty of opportunity to ask for it.
I normally work between 8am - 5pm, with an hours break. The amount of work did vary day-to-day, but as I picked up more skills, I was able to balance the workload well, and begin to prioritise different things.
A lot - even placement students are encouraged to progress like normal employees, and are therefore given the same responsibilities.
The skills I have come out of this placement with are invaluable. I have been given first-hand experience of what it is like working in a global recruitment company, and the challenges that it comes with. In terms of specific skills, I think my ability to prioritise, and structure my day, will be really useful when going back to uni.
Really fun, there was always 'sales days' going on, people dressing up, and of course, dress-down Friday.
Very organised. We were sent on our induction down to the head office in Luton, and this was specifically for placement students only.
A lot - mainly because we are still expected to have the responsibilities of a full-time employee, so training and personal development is key to that.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
There is always room for growth within Randstad, and my particular placement was extended by 11 weeks.
Yep, just the right amount, and within the team as a whole too.
Living in the centre of Manchester, there is always cheap places to go, but also more expensive places.
Again, living in the centre of Manchester (and the office is in the centre too) the nightlife is great (pre-covid).
There was opportunities to get involved in organising social events, and also taking part in volunteer work with the team.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Administration/Secretarial, Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruitment, Sales
21st July 2020