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My placement was cut short and the reason for this being partly down to my lack of enjoyment/slack in performance. In my experience of RateMyPlacement it is very suited towards a certain type of person, an 'RMP' type of person - I am not this sort of person...
This was very dependent on personality, the good thing about RMP is that it is very much an integrated business so you will find yourself working with people from different arms of the business.
It became apparent to my manager(s) that there were aspects of the job I was not enjoying/struggling with and to their credit they tried hard to help me find ways around this. Much of my job was spent out working at freshers fairs which in turn left me little time to focus on my office duties (which consequently lead to my contract termination). Management did seem to have unreal expectations of us, and I did often feel 'scape-goated' at times if targets were not hit/mistakes were made (i.e. if they had not seen it with their own eyes there would be an assumption we had not done the best job possible)
I was very busy. Being split between travelling to freshers fairs (usually taking 3/4 of my days a week up) and the office (1/2 days a week) my time management is something that let me down. It is a very tiring placement and though I originally enjoyed the fairs, it becomes a draining chore after a while.
This is something i cannot fault RMP on, they will entrust you with jobs that could fundamentally effect the whole business and I think this is great.
This is a tricky one. I learnt valuable skills in self-organisation, tactfulness/emotional intelligence and also some great industry knowledge, however as I spent much of my placement feeling quite uncomfortable in my surroundings, I did not take as much from this as I should have (and my employment was cut short)
People were willing to have a laugh and a joke, generally nice atmosphere. That being said, it is a hard place to measure the line between friendship and work colleague and [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyPlacement Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] what may feel like a comment made amongst friends can often backfire.
This is where I felt most let down by RMP. Because they delegate so much of their work, there will often be things that are missed off by team members that are not brought to the attention of those further up the organisation. Consequentially, the organisation of job roles (especially mine in-particular, the 'role' itself was quite a loose concept and I was expected to achieve a wide variety of tasks, alongside travelling every day, and I didn't physically have the hours in the day).
As i was only there for a short amount of time I cannot really comment on this, I did attend one training course and it was scheduled in that more were to happen later on.
Above 25 days holiday
When I initially arrived at RMP, their philosophy was 'you can gain a role provided you make yourself invaluable to the team' - i.e. carve out your own role and they will hire you (2/4 of the students last year got grad roles). Though that being said, it did feel like this year, we as placement students were purely there as placement students as the previous years students were coming into the roles we were currently doing as grads at the end of the year.
There are some great people at RMP and there was always drinks on a friday night plus the occasional social
Extortionate.. Welcome to London..
I lived in Vauxhall (where the office was based - 5 minute commute which was awesome!), but the nightlife here is very limited. Lots of travel links to better places though
Placement Year (10 Months+)
5th November 2013