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The Role

Role Description

A Product Assistan role is so varied, but primarily, the job involves assisting with the planning, developing and implementation of a destinations business strategy. On a day to day basis, this requires working with a variety of other business areas, such as trading, purchasing, marketing and PR.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. My placement year has been fantastic!! I have had so many amazing opportunities, such as travelling to Turkey and Mexico, as well as loving my role within the Product team.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. My team was great, and I really felt that they valued me in terms of decisions and my opinions.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. My manager was excellent, and gave me lots of opportunities to get involved in outside my day job throughout the year. She also really valued my opinion, encouraged me to make my own decisions, and we worked more as a partnership as opposed to manager-placement relationship.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. The nature of my role meant there was always something to be getting on with, however, I like that and found in quieter periods I would become bored. There are often times within my role that required deadlines to be met on a daily basis, which was pressurized, but again enjoyable. My role really allowed me to develop some key time management skills, something that I will definitely benefit from next year back at uni!


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given a lot of responsibily, as were all the other placements at TUI. We are all doing a real job, and there are others in your team in the same position as you, so ou don't just feel like you are doing a role that is made up to keep the placements busy. This meant I was trusted with so many crucial business decisions, which is something that I didn't expect to have on this level during a placement year.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. So many great skills developed at TUI! By working in a commercial environment, your ability to think strategically and analyse the commercials in decisions naturally develops, and is something that will definitely help me in my future career. We were also all given good training, and attended development workshops over the year.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. TUI has a great culture, and the atmosphere in the office is a really good balance- friendly and relaxed, yet hard working.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The placement scheme is really well organised and, as there aren't many placements at TUI (under 10), we all benefited from lots of support from the placement scheme mentors. As well as this, we all had regular placement meetings, where we would have different areas of the business to present to us, and we all involved in an exciting placement project.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

  18. 7/10

  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Subsidised Canteen

    International Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. I am really interested in applying for the grad scheme.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. Socially, the placements had a great time! Given that there is a small number of us, we got to know each other really quickly, and did lots of social things after work, or on a weekend with each other.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. Luton has the advantage of being very cheap compared to London, yet is still relatively close (about 30mins on a train) to the big city. Luton town isn't the best though, and although you may be tempted to live somewhere with really cheap rent, do consider the area of Luton that its in, as some areas are not nice at all. We went to St Albans and Harpenden a lot, which are really close (5 and 10mins on the train), and have lots of nice bars and restaurants.


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Luton isn't the best for nightlife, but its what you make of it! Being a social group of placements, we have all had some great nights there and in the nearby clubs in the local area. Plus, a lot cheaper than London!


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. The commercial division is really social, and there are a few team nights out, as well other social occasions to attend.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Business Analytics, Market Research, Marketing, Travel and Tourism

Greater London

27th August 2013

£14,000 - £15,999

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