Yield managing the volume and margin of holiday sales to ensure that as many airline seats get filled at the best possible price. Heavy focus on decision making off the back of detailed analysis and discussion with peers.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Role was challenging and offered a lot of responsibility whilst helping me to develop a range of skills. Office enviornment is young, vibrant and relaxed making for a great working atmosphere.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Placements are considered permenant employees and as such are given full responsibility for their own geographical areas. Traders work closely together at all times creating a family atmosphere and also have close links with multiple other departments in the business, ranging from PR to Product & Purchasing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A clear hierearchy and support network is maintained throughout the placement. Placements will develop strong relationships with line managers and general managers whilst the placement team is also available for none role related issues.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The seasonal nature of the travel industry means that there are definite busy and calm periods. As this is widely accepted, peers are sypathetic to workload and deadlines, making managing time and tasks as comfortable as possible.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Placements are given full responsibility for trading multiple geographical areas during the course of the placement. This includes making important pricing/yield decisions based on independent analysis.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
At the begninning of the year we were part of an in depth placement induction programme, and given detailed training by our individual departments. Throughout the course of the year, a couple of ad-hoc trainging courses have been offered but not as many as most placements would have liked. Seasonality allows for plenty of opportunities to complete short secondments in other departments and to get involved with additional project work. Overall the scheme has helped me to develop several skills that are not necesarily exercised as part of my degree course.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Overall atmosphere is great. There is no shortage of young and enthusiastic colleagues meaning that even when the pressure is on during peak trading periods it is easy to stay motivated and enjoy the role.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We enjoyed a well structured induction programme and kept close contact with the placement team through monthly meetings. Only critcism is the lack of ad-hoc training/development opportunities during the course of the year, despite frequent requests from placements.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Strong induction programme at the beginning of the year however little further training/development following this. Plenty of opportunities to spend time with other departments and work on wider projects however this largely had to be organised independently.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A great company to work for with good grad scheme/full time opportunities and fantastic travel benefits. Main negatives are head office location and slightly lower than average graduate salary.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Placement students and colleagues mix to create plenty of social opportunities. Evening activities and day trips are common whilst football and cricket teams are also available.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Luton offers very reasonably priced housing and commodities for the South East. Socal acitivties such as the cinema and playing golf are also cheaper here than in surrounding areas. The town centre is OK for shopping however with Milton Keynes and London nearby there are plenty of places to shop.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Socialising in Luton is cheap but doesn't offer much variety. Whilst St. Albans and London are a little more expensive, they offer more variety and are both easy to get to with rail services running through the night.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are football and cricket teams organised at work. In addition to this I have used work as a base for organising several weekend/evening social events through the year.