1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
ERAC was a great place to work. Your people skills are constantly tested and improved and the opportunities to progress are there if you are willing to put the work in!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My branch had 3 staff so felt quite close, always helping each other out if needed and definitely valued each other
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance was always there should you have needed it. Higher management is also there to help so they don't feel 'unreachable'
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Every day was different. there were days where we would have to work late because we just didnt have the cars available and then there were days where we would be fighting to wash cars because we were so quiet.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Again it is down to you. If you want to take on more responsibility then you can, if you feel confident enough and want to learn quickly then you can ask to run the office and gain first hand experience of an assistant managers position. you are also dealing face to face with accounts every day so you can go out and gain new business or try to keep exisiting accounts happy.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Time management and self discipline have improved tenfold. also people skills have improved so just generally interacting with people day-to-day will be so much easier
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Again, it all depends on the day. If we are manic then it is hard to create an atmosphere because everyone is so busy. However there we always had a laugh in the office, usually involving the customers which only helps improves their overall experience.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Training is well organised. The graduate training scheme is well put together and easy to mark your progress. The professionalism of ERAC is easy to see.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Everyone is trained to a basic standard in head office when you start. How you progress after that is down to you. You can take on more responsibility straight away and learn things that way and on the job, or you can ask your managers and colleagues for help and learn that way.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The promotional opportunities at ERAC are fantastic, its down to you how quickly you are promoted and move up in the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This year ERAC held an Intern Event in central London which was a great idea. It allowed ERAC to get some feedback from current interns and allow the new ones to ask questions to people that weren't trying to "sell" enterprise to them. They were able to get first hand knowledge from the people on the same wavelength as them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The hours at times meant that activities outside of work were limited.