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A challenging position, accompanied by a lot of opportunities for personal development.
Placements do the same work as the permanent staff, and are just as essential to the team as any other member. Feedback and suggestions on improvement on current practices and processes is strongly encouraged.
There are regular meeting scheduled with the line manager, who acts as both a mentor, trainer and personal development consultant in addition to his managerial duties. My manager also provided some help and guidance with my academic assignments. Other staff are also happy to help when the direct line manager is unavailable.
Being part of the tourism industry means that there are large peaks and troffs in workload; however this is somewhat mitigated by the timing of secondments and training courses. In times of high workload, staff are often collectively rewarded for their effort with incentives such as a lunch out.
Placements are given the same responsibilites as the permanent staff there
There are a large number of training courses, workshops, and specific on-the-job training provided. Line managers help direct the placements towards developing their skills, and personal development progress is reviewed in the bi-weekly one to one meetings.
The office enviromnent is pretty relaxed, and there is a strong cultivated culture of being approachful and helpful.
The job is fairly complex, as there are a lot of different aspects to it, and the learning curve is taken into account when the placements are settling in and gradually being given more tasks and responsibilities. The placement students were also offered a lot of oppotunities for attending training courses, and learning about other areas of the business.
Personal development recieves a lot of attention; large number of workshops available; presentations arranged with staff from other departments so we can learn about what they do.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
As we are acquainted with other departments, we have a good idea of what jobs there are like. We were also given a presentation on the graduate scheme, and it sounds very promising.
TUI social events and activities at the beginning of the placement help break the ice.
Living in Luton is relatively cheap. The office also has got good transport links due to being close to the airport (i.e. a lot of buses) and a train station, and jst off a Motorway, so it is relatively easy to commute from a pretty large area around Luton - so you can live at home if you're from around there.
Good transport links mean a lot of choice.
A lot of nights out and events, sport clubs meeting up and playing regularly.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
22nd October 2010