1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
I worked at a small local co-op, so not many people worked here. I was tasked with working on maintaining stock supplies - Essentially keeping stock clear for customers to purchase products, as items such as milk and bread sold very quickly in the store I was at. It was therefore imperative to make sure that we had enough stock to supply demand, it generally stayed the same and did not fluctuate much.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
Honestly speaking, with what I did, not many skills were learnt aside from management which I appreciate to this day, as i'm a lot more organised now at home and with work in general. The fact that I had to continually stock popular items gave me an idea into the fact that businesses have to monitor which items sell and what is in demand seasonally (for example ice creams)
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
I enjoyed it a lot, it was enjoyable and made me appreciate just how much work it is to work in a convenience store. It was fun and engaging, I lived close by so it was a small bike ride and I never felt tired of my job, which makes a change from other jobs.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
Very structured, there was a simple timetable to follow and we all shared roles equally, because of this communication was key which was good. Because we were a small team, there was no need for emailing but occasionally texting each other in-case of illness and I never had any issues with this
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
I learned a fair amount about the company and i was interested in what jobs/career paths they have on offer and whether or not i could get any qualifications from working there as well and being sponsored. I think that i had a good idea going into it what i would want to do in my career.
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
As mentioned previously, i learned a bit about the company and was interested in knowing what kind of job opportunities they have in their store but ultimately it was up to me on what i decided at the end of the work experience. I got a good overview of what it was like to work in a supermarket store and overall it was really good experience for me.
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
Yes i received £200 a week which was absolutely fine, I knew what to expect and had a nice amount saved at the end of it, which was great and because I biked it to work, I did not have to pay for any bus fares or petrol for example. The package was fair and I did not have to negotiate anything.
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
Not many opportunities to be honest, but I had a lot of disposable income (due to living at home) from working which gave me opportunities to pursue my hobbies such as PC building and sports with friends which I appreciated. I made my opportunities as a result of working this job and gave me a lot of gratification.
9a. Would you recommend Co-op to a friend?
In a small shop, this gives you in-dependency and gives you an insight into what it is like to work without a manager directing you all the time. The workload is especially manageable too, so you won't feel overburdened with work and should be able to stay (relatively) stress free!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Co-op?
Get a feel for the shop that you may be working at, ask the workers there what it is like, they won't mind. See if it's worth you journeying there and make sure that you're happy with the salary you'll be receiving as you can't really change that, always be prompt and show your interest in a possible phone interview.
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