a ten week sales project, with a 20 minute presentation at the end of the ten weeks to important stakeholders within the business
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
always occupied with interesting work with a clear focus and point to the work I was producing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
to begin with having an input was difficult as I was getting to grips with systems and procedures. However after a month I was giving other colleagues advice on promotions and next steps for brands so felt my opinion and research was valid
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
had very regular meetings with my manager to update and progress on work, she was always around if I needed her. There were other supportive colleageus in the business also to help me
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I never had nothing to do and there was always more work to be completed
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My project was very relevant to the business and the next years plans so the responsibility of my project and work had great value to the business. Including a chance for me to impact value created through ideas
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In terms of excel and presentation skills I improved immensely. I chose to do the Sales role to try something different as I study Marketing, however I got a feel for both areas on the internship so was very happy with that. In terms of presenting and confidence I improved a lot in just ten weeks
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
everyone was friendly and willing to help
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
for a while I was not sure where I was going to be placed in the UK or what I was going to be working on so I felt that communication could have been decided and released a little quicker. However when I started the internship it was clear what I needed to do week on week and had sufficient planning time for this. Interview and assessment process was fairly speedy
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had topline sales training and presentation training and shadowed a sales colleague for a day, to be fair there is not a lot of time to complete a lot of training in 10 weeks. However I felt sufficiently prepared for my final presentation
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
the graduate scheme seems well prepared for and set out. They have a structured recruitment process so you know they are looking for a good standard of candidates. It seems appealing to me as a future job prospect
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
with the other summer interns we arranged a fair few nights out and drinks after work, everyone was very sociable
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in Crawley in a 2 bed flat, rent was average but the actual cost of living was fairly cheap, there were lots of shops near by and it did not take long to travel to work by car or bus
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
in Crawley there was only one club which we did visit, but there is also London not too far away so we went there for drinks and nights out. London was slightly far out as trains were not extremely regular at night but I could travel back in a reasonable timely fashion
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
there was an on-site free gym, but not many work activities that I was aware of, if I was here for longer I would have explored more. We had one quiz charity night which was fun