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Posted by Ollie ● 11 January 2021

New "Top University for Work Experience" Table

A new year, a new you? If you’re anything like me, you’ve written a list of 5-10 improvements or resolutions which you’ll routinely stick to for the next three or four weeks… and then forget about!

Sound about right?

Well for RateMyPlacement, a new year marks a new change... and one that will hopefully last for longer than three weeks!

We launched the website in 2007, allowing students to rate and review their experiences to better educate and inspire students following in their footsteps. Throughout the past 14 years, we’ve kept the review questions the same and focused them on the employer, less so universities.

70,000 reviews, over one million ratings and well over 15 million words later, it’s time for a change!


Nightlife out, diversity in

Today’s Generation Z student has a different expectation from their work experience. The focus on skill development has very much stayed, but we’ve removed the questions around nightlife and introduced new questions around culture, diversity and sustainability.

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The honest nature of the comments in the feedback has also been incredibly helpful for employers too, getting a unique insight into how their cohorts have enjoyed their time with them and learning where they can improve.

The feedback has been primarily for students, with it directly benefiting employers too. But it hasn’t been directly helpful for universities. And given the extent of how universities have adapted and increased their focus around employability in the past 14 years, we felt the time was right to change all that!

Revealing.. The inclusion of a question around the university.

Which resources at your university did you find most (and least) useful when looking for work experience?

  • How would you rate the resources available at your university when looking for work experience? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent

  • How would you rate the support you received from your university when looking for work experience? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent

 


Why have we created these questions specifically relating to universities?
  1. Feedback - Hearing impartial reviews from students from universities is important. Understanding their point of view on the resources and support received will provide first-hand insights into their students and the work experience process. With work experience such an important contributing factor for students getting a graduate job and with the new Graduate Outcomes survey released in 2020, even greater importance is being placed on the destination of graduates by HESA.

  2. Benchmarks - Every university wants to know how it compares to other universities. Rankings and tables define aims and objectives at Council level and we feel employability and work experience is under-represented. By collecting this data, we’ll be able to rank all universities from top to bottom in how well they’ve fared in terms of employability.

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But how will it work? That's just one question and two ratings?

Good point! We will take the ratings across all questions of the review when calculating the university table - you can see all review questions below. The university that performs the best for employability will be subject to the following criteria across all reviews from students at their university in 2021.

  1. Average review rating - How well did they rate their work experience?
  2. Volume of reviews - Did many of them give feedback?
  3. Percentage of students reviewing - How reflective of the student cohort is it?

In terms of timings:

  • January - Launch new reviews and open for review encouragement
  • March-April - Easter insight review season
  • May-September - Year-long placements review season
  • August-September - Summer internships review season
  • November - Review deadline closes!
  • February - Announce table and Winners of ‘Top University for Work Experience’ table at National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2022.

Happy to answer any questions you may have. We’ve evolved RateMyPlacement.co.uk through building great relationships with universities and key university networks, so welcome any feedback you may have on this exciting new development.

Best of luck and looking forward to revealing the Top University for Work Experience at next years’ National Undergraduate Employability Awards!

Ollie, Co-founder of RMP Enterprise


New Review Questions

Overview
1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.

Skills
2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent


Responsibilities
3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent


Support & Guidance
4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent


Culture
5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • How would you rate the social opportunities? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and CSR initiatives? - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent


Your Impressions
6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent
  • Please rate the future employment prospects at COMPANY NAME - 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent

7. (Yes / No) Would you recommend COMPANY NAME to a friend?
8. What advice would you give to others applying to COMPANY NAME?

Topics: RMP News, Undergraduate

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