Supporting the senior national account manager for Maybelline in Boots.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the diversity of the role and the responsibility I was given as a placement student enabled me to learn a huge amount during the year. Whilst being given a lot of responsibility, I felt fully supported by a large team of colleagues and hands on manager. I would highly recommend this placement to others - a great company to work for.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The culture at L'oreal is a very friendly environment and encourages networking, team working, supporting others. I felt immediately integrated into my team when I first joined, and felt confident in asking those around me for help or advice in a variety of situations. The people I met and worked with at L'oreal made a huge difference to enjoyment within the job.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt confident that I could speak to my direct line manager and even a level above, about any concerns I had whilst on placement. My managers were very keen to support my development and the guidance I received hugely helped me to gain the most out of my placement. They were always keen to go the extra level to help my understanding of the wider business.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Periods of business vary depending on the time of year, projects commencing at the time, meetings approaching etc. However on an average day I would consider my role very busy, with always a new task to be commenced - I rarely had to ask for more work to be allocated to me. This enabled a constant challenge and requirement to prioritise tasks throughout the day!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
On joinin Loreal I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of responsibility allocated to placement students. You really become very hands on with your role and can see real results within the business world of the projects you have been working on, which is very encouraging! Having said this, I felt comfortable to express if I felt a task was too much pressure, and would be given the relevant advice and support. Therefore although being stretched, I never felt totally uncomfortable with the level of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My placement does not directly facilitate my studies at university, however I learnt invaluable skills which can be applied to a variety of business situations in the future. For example networking, presentation skills, numerical skills, excel skills, interaction with clients, dealing with difficult business situations.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere at Loreal is very inspiring. In the environment I worked within I interacted with lots of extremely driven people, who have lots of advice to give. Everyone is very friendly and keen to get to know their colleagues on a personal level. This atmosphere was encouraged by team and divisional activities outside of the office, annual events, social events etc.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was a clear review system in place which enables me to track my progress and make objectives for development. This meant that at that end of the year I could reflect upon achievements and improvements to be considered for the future. The HR team are very friendly and always there for support should you need it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Over the year there were a number of training programmes which I had the opportunity to attend to enhance my learning. Even those not directly related to my role, I was openly encouraged to attend anyway for future learning. I felt a lot of time invested in me for my own personal development, from my manager and other team members.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a well structured graduate scheme which I have secured a place on which enables the opportunity to work in a number of different roles over a year, crossing streams of work. I believe I'll get a lot of learning out of this year, and further develop my understand of the business as a whole, since I have only experienced a tiny section on my internship!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Lots of team events organised, both inside and outside of work. Some funded by the company and some self funded. This boosted team spirit and is particularly important when first joining the company, as it really helps to integrate you into the team. Amongst the interns there is also a social sec elected to be in charge of getting everyone together and organising fun events!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I had the chance to live at home, however the cost of socialising is expensive, but no different to what can be expected elsewhere in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not near central London but a variety of options in the surrounding area!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?