Emily tells us about her work placement at Admiral
Emily talks about her 5-month placement at Admiral as part of her Business Management degree at Cardiff University.
Why did you choose to study Business Management with an Integrated Placement at Cardiff University?
I didn’t initially know what I wanted to study at University, but Business Management is such a broad subject that would offer me a wide range of career opportunities, and Cardiff was one of the best places to do this. When we were offered the chance to apply for a 5-month placement during the second year of my degree, I knew this would be a great opportunity to gain some work experience and add invaluable skills to my CV.
What made you chose to apply for Admiral?
I attended a talk at my university which presented the placement scheme, and each company that was involved, including Admiral, had their own stall that talked us through their individual placements. I would never had considered an insurance company before, but Admiral sparked my interest as it’s one of the best companies to work for in the UK. They were very flexible about the role we would be given and seemed to have the best feedback from previous students on the scheme, who spoke about Admiral’s amazing work culture.
How did you find the recruitment process?
The process was very smooth and well-communicated. I applied to Admiral through my university placement scheme, who then informed me I had an interview. This again, took place at my university which was very accommodating. It was great when I received my offer very quickly!
What are you doing now on your placement?
I joined the Recruitment team in People Services (HR) and am working in a small team of two, with just me and my manager. We look after the Graduate and Analyst roles within Recruitment, where I am given the responsibility of application screening, organising interviews and declining/offering to candidates. I am also involved in a few other side projects, such as writing new employee stories for website content, completing market analysis specific to the department, and running/scheduling content for the Graduates Facebook page.
Are you enjoying your project?
Yes! I came to Admiral with an open mind, knowing I could be placed anywhere in the business. I was really pleased to know I was going to be working in People Services with additional Marketing responsibilities, after expressing my interest in these areas during my interview. I like that I have been given real responsibility, and I will be able to use this experience as a step towards my long-term career.
Is there any training included in the placement?
I have taken part in many different types of training since joining Admiral. This involves training through our online learning portal iLearn, attending various training events around the business, ranging from compliance to fun team-building activities, and arranging Port of Calls with various departments. The training is ongoing at Admiral, and you’re free to arrange any training you might find useful yourself.
What would you say has been your biggest challenge?
Probably going from being at university with little day-to-day structure, to working full-time for 5 days a week. At first, it was quite a challenge to get used to these long hours, however, Admiral’s flexi-time has really eased this transition.
Have you found your workload manageable?
I have found my workload very manageable. At university, we are given a reflective log to write every other week based on our placement, along with the work I am doing at Admiral. I have not found this to be too challenging, however, if I am struggling, I am able to complete any university work I have during work hours whenever I have some free time.
What is your favourite thing about working at Admiral?
All the benefits! Since joining, I have been able to use multiple different gyms and spas for free – this has ben a great way to unwind after work. I have also really enjoyed the Admiral culture. Everyone is so friendly, and you get a lot of freedom – I feel like I can really implement my own ideas.
What would you recommend to anyone else applying for the Integrated Placement Programme at Admiral?
Make sure you are prepared! It always looks really good when you have done your research on the company before your interview. I would also recommend you make sure your personality comes out. At Admiral, personality is quite a key aspect, especially in the recruitment process, so don’t be afraid to show yours!
Emily has now extended her placement over the summer and will then go back to university for her final year - good luck Emily!