I was given lots of projects and tasks throughout my placement which kept me busy and meant I was always learning something new about the company. I met some great people and have gained some invaluable skills for the future.
Honestly the nicest people I've ever met. I was valued by my colleagues and praised for doing a good job, I was treated as though I had always been a part of the company.
Support was always available from my line manager, whether I needed to be shown how to do something or just ask a quick question, my manager was always willing to provide help. There is also a mentor scheme at TNT where someone will take on the role of being your mentor, their job is to offer advice and support in work and personal related situations.
Some days were quieter than others, for example when I was waiting on other people to provide me with information before I could continue it could often be quiet, but there was always something else to be done.
2 of my projects involved liaising with internal and external stakeholders, I set up/attended meetings to present the progress/update of the project. I was responsible for making decisions regarding the projects and my line manager supported my decisions. The amount of responsibility I was given was great, I didn't feel like a student on a placement, I felt like a permanent valued and trusted colleague of TNT.
I have developed many transferable skills while on placement that will assist me for both my studies and future career. The 12 months experience has opened my eyes to the world of business, I have gained skills in project management, change management, the ability to be work independent on a regular basis and the ability to communicate to anyone at any level.
Generally the office was very relaxed with a nice atmosphere.
I think the placement was very well organised, in particular the induction week. There were 8 of us in total and we spent the first week together in a meeting room completing group exercises, learning about the company history and visiting various sites and depots to gain further insight about the company.
We were invited to complete 2 training courses whilst at TNT. 'An introduction into leadership and management' and 'how to prepare and deliver an effective presentation'
I have left my contact details with HR so that I can stay in touch with TNT when I go back to University and see what opportunities are available once i have graduated.
After our induction week, my fellow placements students and I became good friends, we'd meet for lunch most days and had a whatsapp group to message outside of work. I would also go out for drinks with the marketing department on a regular basis.
I lived at home while on placement.
Atherstone is a very small town so it does not have a big social attraction, if we had social nights out we would choose nearby cities such as Coventry or Birmingham. There are a couple of pubs in Atherstone which were handy for a quick drink after work on a Friday.
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