Looked after Non-Residential Corporate & Society Golf Days
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have enjoyed my 13 month placement with Golfbreaks.com greatly and have learnt massive life lessons in personal development and professionalism.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In my Role I looked after Non Residential Golf days, this involved a large sales element and a large amount of customer service for the travelling groups. I was made to feel fundamental to the business in its day-to-day running and this was a great experience..
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I worked in a department that was made up of two individuals, my boss and myself. We worked closely all year and had a great working relationship for which I was fortunate.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Working in the Golf Hospitality industry the business can be seasonal, however we ran promotions during quiet times to generate business and maintain a steady pace of business across the year. During the Golfing season we were extremely busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned I was responsible for Non Residential Golf days and this included high ticket corporate outings which demanded responsibility. My Role was unique in that I was responsible for the initial sale and the customer service elements right through until the group have travelled. I feel that I was giving a large degree of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel that the analytical skills as well as the communication skills I have learnt from being a park of Golfbreaks.com assist me greatly going forward and will allow me to achieve in the future. I feel the professionalism I have leant will help me when I return to the workplace in the near future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
We moved offices half way through our placement which was a great experience. The new offices are state of the art and they have a great 'work hard play hard' ethos which makes it a great environment to speak a year in industry.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I feel that there could have been more social activities among the placement students to build relationships,however every other aspect of the placement was extremely well organised and I had complete clarity on my role and the roles of others around me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
At outset I had some sales training and training in the systems that Golfbreaks.com use. I have also had Habit training as well as Sales force training which will be very helpful going forward.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have worked for both Teeofftimes.co.uk and Golfbreaks.com during my placement and have enjoyed all aspects of the job. If an opportunity were to arise within Golfbreaks.com or the wider Golf industry I would seriously consider it.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The Social scene was good with 20ish placements working each year for Golfbreaks.com, there were a number of socials organised by the company through the year which were great opportunities to meet and build relationships with other placements and full time staff.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Golfbreaks.com is based in Windsor which is a rather expensive spot and this did prevent a number of the placements from living around the area. I rented a house in Windsor with another placement student and we managed the year well and were able to budget accordingly. Golfbreaks.com provided several opportunities to earn extra money via sales bonus or overtime incentives.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was different from Newcastle-upon-Tyne were I studied for two years previous and the average age was about 15 years older however with such a close proximity to London there was lots of places to socialise by night. There are a few very nice bars and restaurants in Windsor that are well worth a visit.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I am a relatively keen Golfer and I was able to get a lot of complementary Golf around the London area which was a great way to spend the summers evenings. Golfbreaks.com organise a range of events across the year for full time and placement students alike.