• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • As a mentor, you are expected to go in to classes and hold 1:1's with your focus list to set goals around elements of their schooling they might need help with. You could be helping with a certain subject, improving their attendance, etc. You will have an IO that will be in school 2 days a week but contactable all 4 days and on the 5th day you participate in a learning development day, where you come together with other VMs from other schools.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have improved in my confidence and sense of authority in the classroom. I've become better at presenting and learnt how to tutor a small number of students independently.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • You are given loads of responsibility. You are treated like staff and are contributing to the development of 8-10 students. You work with staff to build plans that can help the students but are often given the responsibility of putting the plans in motion.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Your IO is your main point of contact and will help support you in the placement. However there are many other people who also guide you through the year. There is a whole team at City Year that are ready to answer any questions or fix any problems and then there are the staff at the school including your point of contact.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The atmosphere is very energetic, a bit americanised but incredibly friendly and helpful.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I loved my placement. It was exactly what I needed to gain the experience and confidence i needed for my next steps.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at City Year UK
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend City Year UK to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to City Year UK
  • It is a lot of hard work but if your willing to put in the effort then you will definitely reep the rewards.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


West Midlands

September 2021

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