1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement. As with every work place you have good days and bad days, but I will remember my placement year as so much fun and I learnt lots of different skills. Being in a small company you get to become involved in lots of different projects and if you have good ideas, you can run with them... that was definitely the most enjoyable part.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone got on well and after a few months of getting to grips with the business, other members of staff would come to us placement students and ask us for advice or our thoughts on certain projects. We all had our own individual projects which we were solely responsible for (with guidance of our manager) which made me feel personally very valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We didn't have our hands held the whole year but if I needed guidance I had endless support from my marketing manager, our resident PR guru and RMP's account manager which I couldn't be more thankful for. I had regular catch up with my team and we all supported each other on projects and discussed different strategies. I had one-to-ones with two of the co-founders which was very useful as I got their views on how I was performing and got tips and advice on how to progress throughout the year. If there was ever any issues, I was more than comfortable discussing them with my manager which was always reassuring.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very lucky in the sense that all the projects I had interlinked very well so I was busy throughout my placement. If I was ever swamped I would sit with my manager and she would help me to prioritise and worked some overtime to make sure I was getting all my work done.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Tons of responsibility... I traveled the country managing a team of fair helpers at freshers and careers fairs, whilst building, launching and running RateMyPlacement's brand new £5,000 Society Showcase, wrote reports for HSBC and RBS and was responsible for being on hand for help and advice for a number of clients when encouraging reviews on the website. On top of this I did presentations to students and placement officers, went to conferences, client meetings and helped with all RMP Enterprise events throughout the year... so lots of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am more organised and disciplined with routine now which will help me when juggling work loads back at university. One great skill I have learnt is how to work and communicate with people effectively in the workplace and now have a sense of commercial awareness :)
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very fun to an extent. You could listen to music in your teams or wear headphones which was a massive bonus. Sometimes at the busier times of the year it could feel a little stressed but it was never an issue. In comparison to other companies the office atmosphere is laid back. Once of twice it was frowned upon when celebrating team successes which was a bit demotivating, but generally the atmosphere is a friendly positive environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure just fell into place a little bit as there wasn't a set layout as such. There were some grey areas with the handover at the start but these seemed to have been addressed this year with a more structured handover and more feedback from the new students themselves.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
No cost was spent but members of the team invested a lot of time into my training and development, especially enhancing my project management skills and training when getting involved in the client liaison side of the business. Every department helped me develop, gave advice and made my job a lot easier at some point throughout the year.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Got a graduate role as Account Executive for RateMyPlacement! :) not to mention a Brand Ambassador role for Microsoft in final year, through on-campus promotions!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I loved the socials we did! It's fair to say RMP work hard, play hard. Only thing I would say is make them more spread out. We went mental before Christmas and had about 3 and the didn't have a social until the end of the year. One of the highlights of my placement was playing rounders... even though a certain sales employee didn't know the rules ;)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I commuted in from Essex - about £350 quid a month for trains... going out in London is obviously quite pricey and I like to go out too much so I was fairly poor! But I took advantage of being in London!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Soooo much going on in London, we usually headed to Clapham if the work lot went out which is awesome! But you cannot deny some of the top class pubs and bars in Vauxhall! Pico's is spectacular!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
All the girls ran 10km for cancer research and raised lots of money for the charity which was good fun. There is plenty to do in london if you are willing to go and find it.