Industrial Placement Student Review

by RWE Supply & Trading


  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The Industrial Placement Year at RWEST is a great opportunity for a student to develop as a professional. As a Placement Student, I was given increasing responsibilities and involvement, the chance to visit other offices, shadow different desks, and enjoy an open and collaborative culture.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was never treated as an "intern", rather, I was considered and talked to as a full-time employee. In this context, my input during meetings and daily activities was welcomed and sought after.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Monthly face-to-face meetings with my line manager ensured every issue, challenge, and success were appropriately identified and addressed.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • In addition to daily tasks, I was allowed to shadow different desks, deliver presentations, undertake small projects, join meetings, and train new team members. This ensured the routine varied and days were busy.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Although I joined the company as an Industrial Placement Student, I acted as a full-time Analyst from the beginning. Accordingly, I was responsible for carrying out daily tasks in an accurate and timely way. The more proficient I became with processes and tasks, the more I was given the opportunity to widen the scope of my responsibilities.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Not only did I develop interpersonal and transferable skills essential to succeed during my final year at University and in a Graduate Role, but I gained an in-depth knowledge of commodity trading, an exciting industry I am keen to join.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • A welcoming and relaxed atmosphere where hard-work, focus, and performance are expected. Everyone is nice and welcoming, birthdays are celebrated, and there is a sense of community.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement started with an induction organised by HR followed by two development sessions (one after 6 months and one at the end of the placement) where placement students were trained on delivering presentations, receiving & giving feedback, and were offered CV & Cover Letter clinics. In addition, I set monthly targets with my Line Manager and reviewed progress regularly.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company offers a multitude of on-site and virtual training sessions. Placement Students are encouraged to join training and development sessions that enhance both skills and knowledge of the company/industry.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • There is open discussion with Line Managers regarding application to one of the Graduate Schemes / full-time offers.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yes. The office is modern and spacious and offers opportunities to socialise during lunch / after work (e.g. table tennis, gym, pool table).


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cost of living and socialising in Swindon is below average. Monthly rent is cheaper than cities with Universities. In addition, RWE Supply & Trading provides a good salary.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Although Swindon is less vibrant than bigger cities, there are some pubs and clubs where placement students can have some fun. Also, there is a handful of good international restaurants worth trying.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are football matches organised by employees, a running club, and gym classes. People can easily get involved in different activities depending on their interests.


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Placement (10 Months+)

Business Management, Logistics and Operations

South West

September 2020

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