- 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
- 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
- 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
- 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
- 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
- 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
- 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
- 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
- 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
- 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
- 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
- 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
- 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
- 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
- 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I really enjoyed my placement, the year went so quickly and I've made so many memories and learnt so much that will be invaluable for the future.
My team made me feel so welcome from the offset and were always incredibly happy to take time out of their days to answer any questions or help me. The more I learnt the more my team also relied on me and would ask me to help them which really showed how confident they were in my abilities.
My manager was incredibly supportive, even throughout lockdown I still had so much contact and never felt unsupported. My manager was always on hand to help me through things and was really encouraging for me to come up with my own ideas and plans.
The amount of work definitely fluctuated depending on if big projects were in the works or if it was a quieter period. However, even in times with no big projects my days were still busy and I always had enough work to be doing and longer term tasks that I could be doing. Even throughout lockdown my work still stayed consistently at a good level.
I was given a lot of responsibility, more than I had expected which was great! I was the lead in charge of working with one of our retailers so had a lot of autonomy and accountability for that. However, I knew that I always had support if I ever felt out of my depth.
I think everything I have learnt this year will be really useful in my future career as I have so much experience across a range of different tasks so I will be a lot more confident when starting my future job. I also have learnt how to better balance stress and responsibility which will be really helpful in future careers and also for finishing my degree.
The office had a really good friendly atmosphere, I really enjoyed going in! My team were often at customer meetings out of the office so some days were a bit quieter than others but it was always very relaxed and everyone chatted and had a good time whilst getting work done.
I think the placement was very week set up and organised. Our on-boarding week went very smoothly and there has been clear communication before and during the whole year.
We had lots of training sessions throughout the year to help us development. The most useful to me was an interview and CV tips and tricks which gave lots of insight to help us apply for graduate schemes or jobs. There were also lots of optional training sessions which were offered to the whole company not just placements.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
I think having done the placement scheme the grad scheme becomes a lot of accessible and the application process is not as long. My team have also made it very clear they would happily have me back if there was an opportunity to do so.
The placements and grad scheme students all started at the same time so there was a big group of 45 of us so we did lots of nights out and drinks and social events which was really fun and was great to make some really good friends. I also had socials with my team and the Christmas party which was really fun.
I chose to live in London and commute out which was quite an expensive option. Paying for the commute alongside London living costs was a lot however, I definitely always had money left for socialising so did not feel that I was held back at all!
The office location was in quite a quiet area however, I lived in London and commuted out so there was plenty of nightlife and would highly recommend doing that as it meant there was more to do on the weekends!
There were some clubs like football and running which you could participate in. There were also lots of opportunities for volunteering.
Placement Year (10 Months+)