Promoting RateMyPlacement to students at different fairs, recruitment of fair helpers, placement students and grads and university liaison.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I absolutely loved my placement at RMP - it was varied, exciting and every day was different. I had a lot of fun and the most fantastic thing about working within a small business is that if you had an idea - you could run with it! I didn't ever dread coming into work on a morning as I genuinely loved being a part of the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues. At first it was difficult to get to know people well as we had three months travelling around the country at Freshers and Careers fairs at the start - but once I was back in the office full time, I felt I got to know most people in the office and people would ask for my advice and help with projects.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was a fantastic support, she was often very busy however if I ever needed any help she would immediately drop whatever she was doing and help me. Again, if I had any ideas for the company, she would encourage me to go for it!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As in all businesses, there are busier periods than others. In a small company such as RMP - there is always something to do. If I ever had the capacity to take on more work and help other people in the business I would do - it would be your responsibility to say that you didn't have as much work as we weren't spoon fed as placement students.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given huge amounts of responsibility on my placement year. I travelled across the country signing up over 12,000 students to RateMyPlacement and managing small teams. I recruited 250 fair helpers for over 100 fairs and recruited the five new placement students along with organising the assessment centre and then I was able to hold the first ever placement officer engagement event at RMP - so yes I was given a lot 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 didn't receive any formal training through RMP - however workshops were given internally on presentation skills for example. I feel I am now much more confident and not afraid to get involved in different aspects of a business. I have learnt more on my placement year than I have learnt in the first two years of my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere at RMP is fun! Although everyone works very hard and is extremely busy, there was always time to have a joke and a chat. It is a work hard play hard atmosphere. I just hope it never loses that small business personality.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure of the placement just kind of happened! I didn't feel I had the strongest of handovers when I arrived at RMP however this was changed this year and we ensured there was a much stronger handover and lots of guidance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was no cost invested into my personal training or development however everyone in the company was eager to help you develop as an employee and would give advice and help you in any way that you needed help.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am so happy to say that I got an offer to return to RMP as a Marketing and Recruitment Executive in June 2014 - I cannot wait to come back!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Everyone in the company is under 30 and this is reflected! Everyone liked to have fun and go for Friday drinks and we had such great socials! The recruitment at RMP works well as everyone is quite similar and is up for a laugh and as I said before it is definitely a work hard play hard atmosphere.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's London! I paid £550 a month for my accommodation including bills and then £95 for a zones 1-3 travelcard...yes it is expensive and over half your wage packet but I never felt I struggled! You just have to resist eating out every night and going to the most expensive bars!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Vauxhall is cheap compared to most places in London. We love our local Picos where we can get a glass of wine for £4 and then Clapham is only a short tube ride away which is full of nice bars and a few clubs. You are so close to central London though so the possibilities are endless!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There wasn't necessarily loads of activities organised by the company, however different people within the business organised things such as the girls in the office running 10k for Race For Life and I went on many theatre visits with some of the girls!