Marketing Assistant for the Pharmaceutical part of Johnson & Johnson.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My placement year at Johnson & Johnson was great.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone is friendly and welcoming. My manager and wider team were always appreciative of my work and efforts.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I would have weekly catch ups with my manager to ensure I was making the most of the year and getting involved in a variety of projects and challenges.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It varied. Some weeks it was really busy. Sometimes very quiet. Sometimes the perfect balance. I rarely had to work overtime and if I did it wouldn't be for more than an hour or so.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The amount of responsibility I was given increased gradually throughout the year. At the beginning I was able to start working on smaller projects. By the end of the year I was leading on major projects that really required good organisational and leadership skills.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Whilst not particularly relevant to my studies, I did gain skills in time management, organisation, teamwork and leadership
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a fun office, particularly in the area where I worked. Everyone had a good sense of humour but at the same time worked hard.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The initial handover period is ran by the previous placement students. This was good in the sense you could talk to and learn from someone who went through the same experience as you but also it meant it was slightly disorganised. However, as a whole the placement was well set up and I learned about everything I needed to within the first six months.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was allowed to go on a variety of training programmes. This was not only enjoyable but made me feel like a valued employee.
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 graduate scheme for those interested in Marketing, Comms and Business Intelligence. However, there is no preferential treatment or fast track if you have done a placement.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Being near London means that you can venture out and have a good night out (however, it is quite pricey including travel etc.). The actual town that I lived in had no night life, only a small cocktail bar. Nevertheless, there were nearby towns with some nice bars.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living was fine, not too expensive. Not much nightlife at all, however there was a cinema, bowling etc.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not good. Only one good bar in the town I lived in and a few in nearby towns.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The employees would often arrange nights out. Sports wise the company has a netball, football and running teams which you can join.