I really enjoyed my time at FDM. I was given a lot of responsibility and always felt like I was able to put forward my ideas.
I always felt like my contribution was valued whether in a discussion or as a piece of work.
I felt that the support given to me was great! I had monthly one to one sessions with my line manager. As we worked closely together if I need to speak to them at any other time all I had to do was ask. I also felt that I was given great support by the overall management team as with my line manager they were always open to a conversation or questions if I needed any help.
My day to day workload varied throughout the year. As the only full time analyst in recruitment globally there were points in the year that were extremely busy as work needed to be done for multiple regions at once.
Throughout the year I was provided the opportunity to work on multiple projects some of which I was able to present to senior leaders within FDM. I was given autonomy over most of the reporting for the recruitment team and was really allowed to make an impact. I believe this was one of the best parts of my placement year, the responsibility I was give as a junior member of staff reporting globally across teams.
My placement year at FDM has really helped me narrow down what I want to do after university. I was given the opportunity to develop my technical skills working on a range of projects, these also involved presentations to senior stakeholders helping to improve my soft/business skills. I was also provided the opportunity to take part in multiple training sessions from SQL to Professional skill. If there was any training that I was interested in all I had to do was ask my manager if I could join.
The general atmosphere was really good with a young workforce the office felt busy and energetic.
The placement was very well set up with lots of opportunities to develop my skills. I felt that my manager was very organized with my monthly progress meetings. The only difficult was that my placement started later than others so there wasn’t much in terms of integrating with the other placement students at the start.
I was given every opportunity to get involved with training from soft skills to technical skills. I was given the opportunity to join some of the graduate training whilst also being involved in all of the general training run for my team and the rest of the FDM employees
I was not directly offered a job however I was told that once I graduate I should get in contact with my line manager and they would be happy to have me back.
This was the only thing lacking during my placement year. We didn’t do much as a team outside of work other than the occasional lunch. It would have been nice to do a few more social activities as a team to get to know one another.
Central London is not the cheapest place in the country to work! However if you look there are some great cheap places to eat and drink all around the office. I lived at home during my placement so the cost of commuting was high but cheaper than renting in London.
Very good! Lots of bars, restaurants and pubs located all around the office and central London. I would have loved to have spent more time in London however due to the current pandemic I was working from home for a lot of my year and wasn’t able to experience it to the fullest.
Not really. We had the occasional team lunch but other than that we didn’t do a lot socially unfortunately. I would say this was the only thing that was lacking during my placement year. Saying this the team I work with were great I just wish we had done more after work.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
23rd November 2020