Air Transport and Logistics Management student, Corentin Lachaise, recently undertook a placement year at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, which employs around 13,000 people in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim.
The University has had regular placements with the company since 2008, with our students based all over the USA - from Chicago in the north to Miami in the south. All are paid a good salary and receive the company's support when applying to enter the US.
Corentin, who is originally from Paris, spent his placement year at Hellmann's office in Edison, New Jersey. His role involved organising onward transport from JFK and Newark airports and from various ports in the area. The work required liaising with local truckers as well as with Hellmann's own dedicated road transport team.
Corentin commented "I arranged shipments of garments from China, India and Pakistan; exotic spices and canned fruit from Turkey; and the export of US-made spare parts and manufactured goods to the Pacific Rim countries and India. A smooth, efficient flow of goods in the supply chain is essential for any business and this is where customers look to the expertise that Hellmanns can provide."
He continued "Working at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics was a fantastic professional and personal experience, which presented me with another opportunity to live in a different country for a year. If you like cool climates, then this is a placement for you. New Jersey's temperature was around 5°C following the heaviest snowstorm of the century. All in all, quite an adventure!"
Course: Accountancy & Finance BA(Hons)
Accountancy student Hasan Laher was nominated for ‘Placement Student of the Year' at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in 2015 whilst on placement at Rolls Royce. He came third out of over 400 nominations. To be selected as a finalist, students had to have worked at a large company for over 48 weeks, during which they must have made a significant impact on the business as a whole and stand out as exceptional in comparison to their peers.
There is no doubt that Hasan ticked all the boxes in his time at Rolls Royce. The impact of his work went beyond the time he spent there as an intern, changing the way the company will carry out some of its procedures in the future: "I was given responsibility for a budget worth nearly £20m and successfully beat it by 20%, resulting in my methods and strategies being rolled out across the whole of Rolls Royce. I also created a bottom up budget from scratch and a new reporting tool using Excel that gained plaudits across the whole company (and Senior Management!)."
His first two years at University helped Hasan prepare for the challenges and responsibilities that came with his role: "The University's emphasis on employability allowed me to make a quick start and presentation skills learnt at university were vital. Admittedly at the start I was nervous and shy but towards the end I was competently presenting to Senior Directors."
"I would definitely recommend the placement opportunity to everyone" Hasan commented, "You are given immense responsibility; how many 19-20 year olds do you know that are given the responsibility to manage a budget worth nearly £20m?"
Course: Marketing BA(Hons)
Marketing student, Elina Luty, joined the The Royal Household for her placement year in 2015/16. Elina surpassed all other candidates from across the UK, who competed to become a Communications Intern for HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew.
Elina's role at Buckingham Palace covered a number of crucial communications functions; including social media presence, content writing and tracking, online communications and event assistance. Her service to the Palace went above and beyond expectations throughout her placement, which consequently presented Elina with further opportunities.
Throughout her placement year Elina worked on a number of large scale events, such as the Pitch@Palace. Prince Andrew, who has strong links with enterprise and entrepreneurship here at The University of Huddersfield, developed the Pitch@Palace initiative to demonstrate his commitment in encouraging young, enterprising and innovative talent. Elina commented "Working on His Royal Highness's social media presence at events is extremely rewarding. As a team, we were extremely excited to secure number one trend in the UK at Pitch@Palace 4.0!"
A highlight of work life at the Palace was an invitation to The Queen's Reception over the Christmas period, which Elina describes as "A memory which will last forever!"
Commenting on her placement experience, Elina stated "Working in such an instantly recognisable and respected landmark not only improved my professionalism but also my confidence. I was able to adapt to certain situations and make the right decisions, and sometimes you can only achieve that by working under pressure. My placement placed great emphasis upon punctuality and presentation, which are just some of the key skills I developed. Buckingham Palace is synonymous with British culture, and I'm proud to have been a part of The Royal Household."
Olivia Turner spent her placement year as the Events and Marketing Assistant for the National Coal Mining Museum. Her role at the Museum required her to be at the frontline of events management; overseeing events from the initial planning phase to the successful completion. "I organised a number of conferences which involved taking enquires, confirming bookings, writing contracts, liaising with the clients in the run up to the event, creating programmes for the day, setting up conference rooms and looking after clients on the day. As well as organising each conference, I also had the opportunity go to a lot of networking events to build up contacts."
"Another major event I was involved in was organising the museum's annual Miner's Gala, which sees over 2000 visitors each year. It was my job to arrange all the activities and meetings, create the programme for the day and gather sponsorship, ensure the event kept to budget, organise payments for suppliers and co-ordinate all the staff."
Olivia described the Gala as the highlight of her year. "It gave me so much experience and I am so grateful that the museum trusted me with the responsibility. It was very interesting to see how an event can develop across a whole organisation and how much work goes in to put it together."
Olivia found that one of her coursework modules at University, which required students to organise a charity event, helped to shape the sort of placement she wanted to go for: "I liked that myself and my group had creative freedom from beginning to end, and that it was our full responsibility to see it through - this prompted me to choose an events placement."