1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Based on my impressions at the assessment centre and induction day, I had really high expectations for my year on placement and it even surpassed these. I can honestly say I looked forward to every day at work with the team and I didn't think I would get so lucky with a placement.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As the team is still pretty small with just over 20 of us, we were all very close and every bit of work we did for each other was really appreciated. We had plenty of work socials and treats when we reached team targets and beers to finish off the week at half 4 every Friday. The team is young and fun with a work hard, play hard culture. Everyone got along really well and you didn't want to let anyone down!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was approachable from the very start and she couldn't do enough to help and support us in everything we did. We also had a co-founder assigned to us for monthly catch ups on how we were doing which I'm pretty sure doesn't happen in many other companies!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
No two days at RMP were the same and I thought there was a perfect balance of being kept busy with plenty to do, cups of tea flowing, music and good craic to keep everyone motivated.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Responsibility was given from day one and the more responsibility you want - you get! At the beginning of my placement, the three marketing placement students had to travel to universities all over the UK attending Freshers and Careers fairs to spread the word of RateMyPlacement.co.uk while signing up over 26,000 students.
When the Freshers and Careers fairs slowed down, we got our own projects and I was given the opportunity to:
-Run a marketing campaign in ten universities
-Recruit three new placement students for 2012-2013
-Introduce a new review moderation process for RateMyPlacement.co.uk
-Organize a Summer Intern Party in London for over 300 interns and placement students in London
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I've learnt skills for life that I would never find reading a marketing text book in university. Looking back, it will definitely be my most valued year throughout my degree where I've really developed my confidence, independence and can officially say I'm no longer a complete tourist to London. Now that I'm back in university I can see a real change in myself and my work ethic which will stay with me and hopefully help me throughout my final year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The team atmosphere was the highlight of my placement year. There is such an open and fun atmosphere in the office where it's easy to talk to everyone. As the company is growing quickly, the team is also growing too which lead to us moving to a bigger (and better) office last year which had a few perks like a bar, football table, beanbags and a telescope - what more can you ask for?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I thought it was as well organised as it could be due to the nature of the company - it's growing so fast that sometimes you don't know what you'll be doing month to month, which is what keeps it exciting!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot of time was invested to make sure we hit the ground running and knew the "RMP way". There was a few training sessions and exhibitions that we attended and regular team and one-on-one catch ups to check in with our projects and to ask any questions.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company is continually growing and taking on new team members and if the right position became available for both the company and myself, it could definitely be a possibility.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
One thing we aren't deprived of at RMP is a social! These also allowed me to tick off a few things from my London bucket list such as ice skating beside the London Eye, Vauxhall's roller skating disco, a limo around London, attempting to drive rage buggies, archery, eating in London's interactive restaurant and a the odd karaoke session to name a few...
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The costs of living in London are unavoidably high but the perks of living it London definitely outweigh this. There is just so much to do that saving money wasn't my main concern.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Vauxhall is in central London which is only a tube or a walk away from all of the nightlife. We even had a few of our locals right outside the office
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
It's always a good sign when people stay in the office after half 5 on a Friday - not working, but because they want to be there (the table football definitely helps) which often ended in going out for drinks. The entire team got involved in running the Sports Relief Mile in March and other charity fundraising throughout the year which was really fun and gave us a chance to team up with some people you didn't have the chance to work with every day.