Training co-ordination accross the entire Company, student recruitment, management reporting associated with the Annual Review process, providing support to HR Consultants, additional projects that come up
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement. I was given many responsibilities from day one and I was encouraged to put forward new ideas and propose areas for my own development. The team were immediately welcoming and helpful whilst I was adapting to my new role.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My work would often have an impact on the team and this in turn gave me a feeling of value and appreciation. For example, I was solely responsible for the recruitment of the new placement student intake and I would produce weekly reports that were sent to directors and senior managers within the Company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I would have weekly 1:1 meetings with my manager and she was always interested my development and giving support on both a work and personal basis.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount of work varied throughout the year and this was quite intense during some areas of the student recruitment process. However, I feel that I was mostly busy to the right balance. I never felt like I had nothing to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was able to take on many of my own projects during my year, as well as having responsibilities in a "real" role rather than being seen as "just a student". Most of my day to day responsibilities were mine alone, such as training co-ordination, management reporting and student recruitment.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have been able to develop may skills that I will take with me in future roles, such as project management, organisation skills, communication and presentation skills.
Students were also provided with a structured training programme, including corporate inductions, IT A3 layout skills, Toyota-specific problem solving technique, presentation skills and days in other departments.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Our department tended to be quiet, but I dis not see this as a negative thing. In general, the offices had an open environment. I did not feel uncomfortable in communicating with employees at all levels and felt that most people were very approachable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As the roles were specific and "real", the structure came from an effective handover with the previous student and from the structured training programme that was offered.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As previously mentioned, Toyota (GB) PLC offered a structured training programme for students with the option of requesting additional training as necessary, such as Excel training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate scheme is only in it's second year of running, so I'll have to wait and see!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Many of the students that lived nearby to work went on nights out and such. There was also a chance to socialise outside of work with the Sports & Social club.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home so cannot say.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I did not go out much for the nightlife in the areas as I was living at home and this made it a bit difficult.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The sports & social offered some good events throughout the year.