I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at RMP Enterprise, it's a young, fun company that is constantly growing. When I first started the team was relatively small in comparison to now and that gave each placement student a huge amount of responsibility. I was given a wide range of roles throughout the year and also the chance to pursue my own interests within the business. It is also a fun place to be they have created a vibrant, fun atmosphere which made going to work that much more less painful. If I could I would do the whole year over again.
I can say without doubt that from when I very first met the team at my assessment day they made me feel welcome. Each and every single person from the top down is extremely kind and approachable, there isn't anyone who will turn you away or say they are too busy. You are given a huge amount of responsibility representing the business on campus and if you can prove that you are worthy of this responsibility then you will be rewarded with other projects that you want to pursue. When you have done well in a project or something you have been working on people in the team will let you know which makes you feel appreciated and they will also give constructive criticism when helping you with something.
The office is very close and there are lots of team exercises as well as socials to reinforce this not that they are needed because everyone gets together outside the office anyway.
As the team is very close you can feel like you can approach anyone with a problem that you may have not that I ever needed to. We had a 6 month, 9 month and end of year performance appraisal which I found really useful and it really helped me to improve in my role. I would have personally like these to happen a little earlier and have a 3 month appraisal just to see how I was getting on. I also sat down with one of the co-founders once a month for an informal chat. Which was nice because since they are so busy it's hard to get a chance to chat to them but this way met you could have a chat and ask any questions you have.
At the start of my placement I was travelling round the country for the first few months doing the freshers and careers fairs this kept me extremely busy as there were fairs most days. You were in the office the odd couple of days and when you are, you just have to help someone out as you don't have time to take on a project. After the fairs there was a slight lull where I was trying to find my feet as to what I wanted to do within the business. I always had the social media that I was running which often kept me busy but I knew there were other projects I wanted pursue. There is always work to be done and you just need to go and ask someone if they need any help.
Once I had decided on a project I wanted to do and approached the appropriate members in the team I had plenty to do.
I was given a huge amount of responsibility from day one, during the fairs you are travelling round the country on your own and when you arrive at a university you are in charge of a small team of fair helpers. Someone is always only a phone call away but you are responsible for organising your team and hitting your targets. You have loads of fun while your doing it but you must remember you are representing the business on campus.
Once your back in the office you again have a huge amount of responsibility. I was running all the social media channels, helping with the awards, chasing up payments that were due. A huge range of jobs but all as important as each other.
If you can show that you are responsible and will get your work done then you are left to get on with it. I was also given the role of the Website Manager while he was away for 2 weeks which was a great responsibility but one I enjoyed it showed me not only how much work they had to do but also to manage my work load and prioritise what is the most important, not just for myself but for the company. Obviously the team will ask how you're doing and they are there to help you if you need it but letting you get on with your work and learning along the way suits me best.
This is the reason I did a placement to further develop the skills I had as well as gain new ones. From all the different types of jobs I did, I learnt skills that I can use in my degree now in final year but also use beyond my studies.
I feel much more confident now after doing a placement because I feel my CV is ten times better then it was before and that is all down to what I did on my placement year.
Never a dull moment in this office!! Always a game going on whether its table football by the tiki bar or just general banter. My favourite was seeing who would be last on a Friday they would have to go and get the bacon rolls. (Not pay for them of course) There is also breakfast provided in the form of cereal and also a toaster usually someone buys bread and that really creates a good atmosphere in the morning because it starts your day off well and of course there is tea/coffee available all day. Which doesn't mean you become the typical placement rumour of just making tea and coffee all day it is made by all and I even had one of the founders bring me a coffee a few times even though it was a bit milky but I let them off.
Very well organised having being only their second lot of placement students I believe they had learnt a lot from the previous year and had put a hectic but fun schedule
We had multiple team training days that helped us develop our skills in the office as well as outside it. I also attended a few conferences that were useful for my role which were extremely helpful, if there was something you really wanted to go to all you had to do was ask and majority of time it's ok for you to go!
Being a small company they do not have a graduate scheme in place but I was told to keep in touch and see how things are come the end of the year for myself and RMP. So you never know what will happen but it's good to stay in touch.
Great social scene, multiple socials were organised throughout the year each time by different people in the office which gave them a great variety. They were always a surprise which made it all the more fun. Outside the office we all socialised as we all get on really well, I am still in touch with them all.
London is never cheap but you are on placement at this age once so you might as well enjoy yourself. You will have to dip into that student overdraft but that's not the end of the world. I was living in Wimbledon which is a really nice area. I was paying just over £600 a month on rent and bills with another £100 for travel. As long as you don't go mental you will be fine as my fellow placement student used to tell me...YOLO.
There is something for everyone in London so you can try out different places but you will find something that you like.
We did a few charity events, the sport relief mile being a highlight. As well as the odd football game and a lot of people would go to the gym together so just depends on what you're after. There were also a few tennis lessons going on given by the resident tennis coach in the RMP team.