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Rating

3.6/5
  • The Role
    4.2
  • The Company
    3.6
  • The Culture
    2.8

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • As my first office/corporate job I really enjoyed the experience.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • My team really made me feel welcome from day one. They always asked for my opinions and i felt that my input was truly valued.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I had one direct line manager who supported me fantastically throughout my year. Additionally the whole team supported and guided me through my role. This enabled me to see a wide variety of management styles and understand different viewpoints on different policies.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • As I was the first placement student in this specific role the year started off fairly slowly for me. After the first month I had been given the majority of my key responsibilities and this is when I became very busy. However this taught me that I needed to manage my time more efficiently, once i understood this my workload became perfectly manageable.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given overall responsibility for several projects which were on going throughout the year. This was the perfect amount of responsibility I was looking for.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The skills that I gained whilst placement are absolutely relevant to everyday life including getting back into study. I am now much more organised and am able to manage my time more efficiently. I have also learnt a lot about networking and teamwork.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The general atmosphere in the office is very friendly.

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement scheme overall is run very efficiently.

    3/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • In this role I was able to chose which courses I would like to attend from the core training curriculum. This meant that any course I went on we were treated like absolute equals to everyone else on the course, our training was not sacrificed because we were only there for one year. I attended a variety of courses during my year placement, all of which have equipped me with skills I can take forward into my degree/further career.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Car

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    Healthcare from home

    Healthcare/Dental

    Travel loan

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I extended my placement by about 6 weeks and would be delighted to work for them again in the future.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • As the placement is located in London there is always lots to do. I enjoyed spending time with the other IP's whether it was going into central london clubbing or just popping to the cinema on a week night.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Living in London is always going to be expensive. We got a great deal with our landlord and lived 15 minute walk from the office, so with no transport costs we saved more money for socialising!

    2/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • There are no clubs in Finchley but plenty of nice pubs that have a great atmosphere int the evening.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • This isn't something I particularly looked into, however the opportunities are out there.

    3/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Human Resources

1st October 2013


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