- Monthly sales forecast
- Quotes, orders and managing deliveries
- Communicating with customers and answering questions
- Managing sales for the Industrial department
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I enjoyed my placement very much, my role was busy with a varied work load and my colleagues were friendly. My role included liaising with customers, communicating with people internally and using the SAP system.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues, they supported me when I had questions and everyone got on very well.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt comfortable in asking for assistance from my manager and my other colleagues.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My workload varied day to day but was reasonably busy all day. I enjoyed the variety of tasks that my job role included and found that I learnt a great deal of skills throughout the year.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
When starting the role I was surprises as to how much responsibility I was given. I was trusted to quote, load and manage orders of values up to £500,000. I was responsible for communicating with customers and was trusted to relay important information without assistance. I regularly managed orders and was accountable for arranging deliveries. I was also responsible for compiling and analysing the monthly sales forecast for my department.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe that the skills I developed in my placement year will be a big help in completing my final year of studies. I have developed my Microsoft Excel skills through completing the monthly sales forecast. I am more confident in communicating with different people and have a better knowledge of how a business operates.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was friendly but there were certain times, for example at month end where the office could get stressful. Generally everyone got along well and the office was a nice place to work in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very organised as I had a month of training by my predecessor which made me feel confident about taking on the role.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had a month of training when I started the job and as we went through an upgrade in the SAP system we used I also was trained on how to use it competantly.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There could be an option to come back after I have finished University as Prysmian offer a graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
In total there were 16 placement students working on our site in Bishopstoke so there was a good social scene. I moved to Southampton for the job and lived with five girls that also worked in my office. Some of the students lived at home and some moved into houses with other students working for the company. It was easy to sort out a house as the HR department emailed us with everyones names that had got the job then we found eachother on Facebook and arranged who would live in which student house.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in Southampton was average and the rent was cheaper than the rent in my university town.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Southampton is varied and there are a large amount of students due to the two universities in Southampton.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?