Worked in two different departments:
- Peugeot Dealer Marketing Services
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my time at PSA Peugeot Citroen. It has been a great insight into working for a global company and into the automotive industry.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have worked with some lovely people. All of my Line Managers have been supportive.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All of my Line Managers have been supportive. Some have left me on my own more than others, but this has developed my ability to take initiative.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This has varied depending on the department. I tended to be less busy in my position in the Recalls department, but had several weekly reports to create. In Marketing I have had spells of being very busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been given a lot of responsibility, In both roles, I have created documents to be sent out to the entire dealer network.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that the placement has really broaded my knowledge of what roles are available within a large company and how the decisions are made within it. I have developed my understanding of Marketing and this has helped me to decide on a future career path.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In general the atmosphere has been positive, despite me joining at a time of organisational change.
In Marketing, I have found it to be very positive and everyone seems to get on well with each other.In Recalls there were lots of jokes, but I felt that sometimes these were at the expense of others.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think that the placement has been well organised. We have been given two different six month placements, which I feel is a great opportunity to experience different roles.
Sometimes I have felt that we could do with more events or team building sessions being organised centrally for placement students. Also it would've been nice to get more information about what role we would be doing and guidance on where to live in Coventry, before joining the company.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
PSA organised three sessions with an external agency to train us in team work, career development etc. I felt these were a nice way to work with the other IPs.
We also had an induction week to learn about project management.
There was also some online modules to learn about Excel, languages...
I think it would've been beneficial to receive training on more daily tasks, such as Excel, raising budget items and a more in depth introduction to the company. I think that receiving this sort of training was entirely down to the department you were placed in, where sometimes people were a bit too busy to provide this.
Also I think it is a shame that there are no language lessons or subsidy for language classes provided by the company. This was a reason for me joining the PSA, so I felt disappointed by this. However, I joined a class at Warwick to continue learning French.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A good thing about the placement year at PSA is that it is seen as an interview for the Graduate scheme. If you impress your managers, it is likely that you will be offered the chance to join the graduate scheme. Many of the graduates at the company have now been able to find permanent jobs.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social aspect of this placement has been great. We have been invited to and have organised numerous nights out and meals with IPs, business apprentices, graduates and our French counterparts.
Also, having lived in a house with 6 other placement students, we have often visited local attractions on weekends- e.g. Birmingham Christmas Markets, Leamington Vintage events...
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Coventry offers good value for money, both with rent and daily costs.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In Coventry there are three main clubs and a few bars, all of which tend to be good fun and are busy with Warwick and Coventry University students.
Further afield, Leamington offers a choice of quirky bars and clubs and Birmingham has a great nightlife.
There are also things like cinemas, bowling, ice hockey...
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Within the company, there are few sports teams or other groups. The guys did join the work football team.
Locally, there are lots of opportunities, such as gyms, Warwick University classes (I did French), yoga and so on.