In this blog we hear from Hannah Doherty, BA (Hons) Business Management. Read about her experiences through the application stage to on placement at Volkswagen and her top tips for your search.
I often get asked the question; why did you choose to do a placement year? Absolute no-brainer – if you are given the opportunity to take a PAID year out which expands your skills, adds to your CV and offers invaluable business knowledge and experience, you would be crazy to say no! Competition is fierce; it is so so so important that you stand out from the crowd.
After hours of online applications, telephone interviews, verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests and many ‘sorry, you have been unsuccessful letters’, I was invited to Volkswagen’s assessment centre. Don’t be discouraged by a ‘no’, I applied to at least 15 companies (they have a pool of thousands of students to sift through!). This was my first, and last assessment centre, with VWG HR offering me the role within days of returning home. Not only do I LOVE cars, I was given the opportunity to work for one of the leading automotive organisations who sell 1 in 5 cars on the road – I was delighted to say the least. (more…)