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It was a great place to gain practical experience from and people there were friendly and helpful. You wouldn't be left alone with problems. They were always happy to help.
Although I was there for just a period of approximately 9 months, they treated me like one of their permanent colleague.
Someone was always there to guide me and give me a clear explanation as to why and what was it for before delegating a new task to me.
Most of the time it was good balance but sometimes it would get busy when all the tasks came all at once.
There was not much to do for the first 3 months but gradually I was given different tasks to complete.
My Excel skills has improved extensively due to my day-to-day tasks. Also, I have enhanced some of my soft skills such as communicating with different level of management as well as adaptability of the new working environment.
Most of my colleagues are friendly and have great sense of humour but obviously when it comes to work, everyone is serious and good at what they do.
It was not as organised as I thought it would be but probably because their management has gone through a restructuring process where staffs need to take on additional workload and some have been made redundant.
I was trained to use their in-house system for my day-to-day job.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Healthcare from home
Their graduate scheme is quite appealing as it will support you on pursuing professional qualification and you will be given the opportunity to work in different departments.
I was the only placement student there but there was a colleague in the graduate scheme.
I live in town and it takes me 40minutes by bus to travel to work. Other than cost of transportation, you don't spend much on other things really. They even offer subsidised food for staffs.
Never go anywhere other than my workplace as I live in town and I got most of my entertainment there.
There were quite a few events such as charities, Manchester Parade and a few social events.
Placement (5-9 Months)
20th April 2014