This involved rotating around the different areas of HR. I am currently in Employee Relations which has involved reviewing company policy to see if any proposals for change could be made to ensure the policies are both competitive and efficient.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Really welcoming team; involved me in all of their social events.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Regular meetings to discuss my progress and I was reassured that if I had any problems or questions, my manager would always be happy to support me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was given several projects to work on which kept me sufficiently busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given the opportunity to organise and lead meetings, as well as prepare new policy proposals; all requiring plenty of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
They will definitely help me. If not in any other way, they will definitely have improved my confidence in dealing with certain situations
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone is happy to chat with eachother and share stories. Good atmosphere without being too distracting.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was really good. Again, regular meetings to check up on progress. Mid-reviews and presentations on what we had learnt were also implemented.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was invited to attend any meeting or event that would benefit me and there were introductory meetings set up for us with all of the different company divisions so that we could learn more about the business area.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
We are reassured that as long as we make a good impression as an intern, we will be offered a role on the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, all the interns tend to get together in the evenings to socialise.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Quite an expensive area, although great connections from being in central London, and lots of local socialisation places.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very enthusiastic, although there is so much choice it's sometimes difficult to know where to go.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots of opportunities to engage in community affairs. I have already been a part of two charity events and am currently organising a trip to the theatre for the other interns.