1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
A great team to work with and loads of opportunities for development.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I swiftly became part of my department, plenty of banter. I also found the whole organisation great fun to work with, this opened opportunities for me to work on several cross departmental projects and teams.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout my placement, on every project I worked on, I felt fully supported by my personal manager and other members of the management or projects teams.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Janssen-Cilag gave me every opportunity to develop through several projects. I may have personally taken on a little too much work at times, however this added to my experience of working in a highly productive department. I felt valued on every project, and never pressured to do more work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Departmental streamlining left me responsible for much of the internet marketing campaigns for one product, everything was subject to management approval, but my decisions were trusted and valued. The whole team was aware of everyone elses strengths and weaknesses and responsibility was given accordingly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Can anything really prepare you for a dissertation??? Beyond my final year studies I am 100% certain I will be drawing on my experiences at Janssen-Cilag for a long time to come.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office banter was great, senior management, director, PA's product teams, everyone had a laugh.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement scheme was brilliant, 35 students, 4 in my department, almost all doing a worthwhile professional job and contributing nearly seamlessly with the company's objectives. Only one negative. Janssen-Cilag's personnel development system lacks flexibility when considering individual student roles, this left my own development in the hands of my manager and I, without any specific framework. As student development is a key to any placement year I felt this was a slight weakness. If you take your own development in your own hands its fine, a little difficult to keep track of it over time with so many other things going on.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Loads of opportunity for training. At the start of the palcement there's plenty of IT training to help you get the most out of all the programmes you use on a daily basis. Throughout the year there were plenty of opportunities for further training, and its not forced on you, if you and your manager agree you don't need it you don't have to have it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would happily go back and work for Janssen Cilag, it would take a few years in sales territories before getting into managment but there are plenty of managers there now that were students in the past. There isn't a specific graduate scheme, but starting salaries are good, benefits are good and opportunities are good too. The role sets you up easily for any other role or grad scheme in the industry, or any other b2b marketing industry.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Still in contact with and visit several of the students I met. 35 students, it would be hard for you not to meet like minded people and have a good time!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I managed to go on several holidays, get plenty of socialising in, share a pretty big house and run a car. High Wycombe is cheap to live in. The pay covers the cost of living happily even though the Thames Valley isnt the cheapest place to live.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
High Wycombe has its own University!! So there's a union night (cheap and cheesy) It was good enough and getting into London was easy, Oxford and Reading aren't far and are both pretty good nights out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Loads of opportunites out of work, plenty of activities to raise money for Janssen-Cilag's charity for the year (3 peaks challenge, BBQ's Football tournaments etc)