The placement itself was hard work, going from university to working a 9-5 is always going to be tough, but I felt really supported and there was plenty of training to ease you into the role. I felt challenged but was also put onto some super fun and rewarding projects which meant the role was always engaging and every day was different. There was many different social opportunities within the business to relax away from work which meant there was a really positive work life balance.
I definitely enjoyed it! Although it was in a shorten virtual format, all of the essentials of Unilever and their brands were covered. We had a lot of sessions, and sector overviews, It was a very enjoyable experience, I learnt a lot and I was able to get a lot of exposure to different teams, and to hear from two very good speakers who took time out of the day to answer questions about the business. thank you!
We got a really great insight into all the functions and what the typical roles involve. Not only this but the chance to speak to senior business leaders and ask questions was a great experience. The workshop on purpose was great at getting us to start thinking about our personal purpose and how this can help us not only at Unilever but at work. We also had an employability session as well as the chance to present to brand managers.
There were lots of aspects that were enjoyable. The sustainability challenge was interesting and engaging. It allowed us to interact with each other, without the pressure of having to do it in front of a group of 30 odd strangers. The Q&A with :::Richard Sharp::: was also good and brought about some very interesting discussion. However, day 1 was a bit dry since it focussed more about what the company do and the general functions of each company department which I found didn't provide too much insight that couldn't be found from by researching the company.
I really enjoyed the experience. Everyone I came across was friendly and positive and it was a good chance to get a better feel for the company and its culture. Obviously doing it online is not the ideal situation, it is hard to get to know anyone, or to be able to be given any meaningful tasks to do, but it was clear that a lot of time and effort had gone into planning the event and I still learnt a lot about the company.
Very insightful experience, two day conference summarizing Unilever's purpose, brands and objectives. As well as, getting to know the whole internal structure, meeting other interns and learning from industry experts. Each activity was different and very enriching in terms of academic knowledge but also personal growth. Everyone was very kind and opened to share their life and work experiences which as a student I find very insightful and influential. Moreover, breaks were included every 1-2h avoiding fatigue and keeping it simple.
It gave me a really good insight into the company. I found the purpose workshop very helpful and thought it was good that it was not completely directed towards Unilever but more where my purpose was in the career world and where I am best suited and where and how I will thrive most. Furthermore, I found the guest leadership speakers kind and approachable, welcoming any question we had at all. Their answers were in depth which was much appreciated.
This two day virtual experience was great to be able to get a taste of what working at Unilever is like and the atmosphere and vibe of the company. I really appreciate the effort they went to, to put this on as a few summer placement opportunities have just been cancelled. It was fun to be able to meet some people I will be working with next summer and being able to put some names to faces before we start.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. It was a very busy 2 days, filled with lots of information about the company and its culture and what to expect from the placement when it is able to be in person. I particularly benefited from the Q&A sessions with the UK&I General Manager and Vice-President of UK HR as we were given the opportunity to ask a range of questions, about the company and different functions. The breakout groups worked well to network with other placement students and Unilever employees who shared their experiences.
The virtual experience was very insightful and I learnt a lot more about the company and the functions. I was also able to hear about other people's experience at Unilever and what made them stay. The virtual experience was very well organised and the communication throughout the whole experience was very good. There were opportunities to ask questions throughout the experiences and all members of staff were very friendly. Even when there were technical difficulties, the organisers were very quick to help.
Very insightful and enjoyable experience. I was able to get a real idea of the different business functions as well as their core values and the opportunities available in the long run. We were even able to get some quality Q&A sessions with some senior executives which definitely was a unique opportunity that I have not experienced elsewhere. The sustainability business challenge was fun, challenging and a chance to be more creative. It still felt relaxed and inclusive and very enjoyable.
The virtual experience was really enjoyable and engaging. Having the interactive workshops made it far more enjoyable, meaning we could speak in small groups and properly work with other students. We had access to some senior members of Unilever staff, which gave us the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insight into the company. The Microsoft Teams format made it very easy to ask questions and get clarity on all tasks if we thought it necessary.
I really enjoyed it, I felt I learnt a lot and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The company atmosphere was great and they really motivated me to want to work there in the future. They came across as a company that not only wants to create profit but also wants to do good and act morally which i loved. The experience was great and run very well with a variety of fun and interesting activities
I did enjoy the virtual experience. Despite being virtual, which is not my preferred way of meeting people, it was super interactive and fun. :::Sam Whitehead::: was really welcoming and upbeat! It has taught me a lot about what what to expect next summer. I think there were certain parts that could have been shortened or missed out as occasionally we would go over the same stuff twice but it was nevertheless very enjoyable still.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience with Unilever. I think it was a very well-planned two days with lots of breaks and interactive activities. I was able to gain a good overview of what each function at Unilever does. My favourite part of the virtual experience was the Purpose Session, which was a 1.5 + session dedicated to helping all of us find our 'purpose', thus helping us thrive in the work that we do. I would definitely recommend this experience to others, I gained a great deal and am grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend.
The insight event has been simply incredible. I cannot thank Unilever enough for giving me the opportunity to be apart of this event even during these unprecedented times. Every single workshop has been executed to perfection and all speakers/leads were incredibly engaging. I have learnt a lot during the past 2 days and feel pleasantly overwhelmed with all the information I have been given. Finally, thank you for all the help from the future careers team in helping me discover my purpose!
They did a really good job of making the experience as interesting and engaging as possible which I appreciate is really difficult to do online. I learnt a huge amount about the company and its brands and values in a very short space of time and the people were really fun and positive. I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than I expected and it provoked a lot of thought about my future career choices.
It has been a fantastic year at Unilever. Across the course of the year I have been fortunate enough to experience a range of areas within the business which as a result has helped me decide the direction I would like to take my career.