• 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.
  • Before school, break, lunch and after-school duty greeting the children and getting to know them. 1-1 mentoring with a designated list of pupils delivering academic and emotional support. Supporting the teacher in English and Maths lessons that your pupils are in. Running form time, lunch and after-school clubs like Debate Club. Helping the pastoral team with attendance - by ringing home parents and chasing up registers.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Through the LDD day each week my leadership, creativity, teamwork, speaking, listening and problem solving skills have been developed. By working in a team of 5 in School my teamwork skills improved a lot. My confidence from the start of the year to the end improved the most. My speaking skills were developed through giving presentations - something I previously wasn't confidence on before City Year.

  • 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?
  • 5/5

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


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • We were responsible for running numerous clubs and interventions and had full control over how we would conduct the 1-1 mentoring.

  • 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?
  • So much support and guidance was given from the impact officer who is with you 2/4 days - they're always there to give any advice and answer any questions you have. In School there is so much support from staff and your point of contact.

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

  • 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 company culture was great and every Monday we would see the other teams virtually/in person. Sometimes we would see all the cohorts which was good. All the staff are friendly and supportive.

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

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

  • 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 really enjoyed my placement experience. I gained so much valuable experience that improved my confidence so much. Numerous transferable skills were gained and developed further which is going to be useful in graduate roles.

  • 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
  • Be yourself, talk to other VMs on your team and take advantage of all the opportunities you get.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Charity/Non Profit

West Midlands

October 2021

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