1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a daily basis, I was in the accounting side of the business so we would meet up with the person that we were shadowing and we'd have to go up to their floor and shadow what they were doing that day. This included meetings and normal accounting tasks within assurance and auditing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have definitely increased my self confidence and I know that this sector is one that I'm quite interested in. Moreover, the use of my communication skills have definitely developed a lot due to being in meetings and speaking with other colleagues that were also present during the weeks which has helped me to be much more confident and comfortable around other people in a formal environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I absolutely enjoyed it because there was a clear structure that was followed by all staff members. Moreover, i felt as if i was welcome and the reception by all employees and colleagues was quite warm which helped me to realise that this company really cares about you and the company culture was quite friendly yet formal.
4. How valued do you feel by 3M UK?
I felt very valued since when we would have our daily check ups with the manager, he would make sure that we were having fun but he also appreciated the fact that we were there even though we were there for the work experience and they didn't make us feel like we were getting in the way at all.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of the work experience programme was quite structured since there was a clear outline of what we were doing that day and when it would happen. There was also a timetable given to us on the first day which helped us to prepare ahead of time and know when our presentations or set meetings wer which was quite helpeful.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My buddy really was amazing for me since I would havea face to face meeting every week to discuss my progress, any issues I am having and presentation work that I can complete, despite the fact that they are so busy doing their work. I would have a conference call every week to again discuss how I am progressing, any work I may have and any issues. I am constantly set work and receiving really useful and helpful feedback.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a big amount of support from the employer. They are very involved in my work experience with helping me to find more meetings as well as making sure that the progress I am making on the programme is good for me. I also get time out of my daily responsibilities in order to sit with specific teams that may develop my understanding in certain sectors of the programme that I may be interested in.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We didn't get paid for the two weeks due to it beign a work experiencec. However, the company did allow to pay for travel costs which was quite helpfuls sicne the commute to the company office and other places would get a tad bit pricey hence this was a nice touch that I appreciated.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are quite a few. The office that I worked with were quite friendly and they seemed like they were all somehow friends with each toher and they would meet up outside of work to socialise and have fun. Sometimes this woudl go out as a business expense such as sports days or bsuiness helping schemes to help them to become friends with colla=eagues they may not necessarily know already.
9. Would you recommend 3M UK to a friend?
It is an amazing company which I believe that the culture and dynamic in the company is absolutely of a different class. It feels like we're all part of a family since everyone is so kind to easch other and piping in for each other's success rather than their being some sort of industry competition and egos. All my colleagues are always willing to help each other out and the opportunities for promotion and to progress is brilliant.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to 3M UK?
The application process is quite grilling but it's definitely managemable. I know this sounds cliche but as long as you be yourself and they see that ypu're passionate about the company they're just really happy to have you on board and have you learn so much about the bsuienss which is absolutely amzing because you feel so valued from the company.
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