My job was to support the international supply chain team. I had to check data accuracy, verification of invoices and ensuring invoices get paid correctly and timely , liaise with territory finance and the wider supply chain team, help with SOX audit requirements, monitoring distribution and direct shipment trackers and assist with management packs and team meeting minutes.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed various aspects of my work placement which were the team which I worked in, I enjoyed the experience of working and the environment. I found the job difficult at the beginning due to the large range of new skills which I had to pick up on various software's, but once I had done this, I started to enjoy the placement more. Towards the last couple of months, I think I would have enjoyed the placement more had I been given a wider range of tasks to do as my skills developed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Within my team, I felt valued and vital to the team. I found that I was doing jobs within the team which needed to be done and sending out reports which may not have been sent out had I not been there. I also worked on various issues and problems which occurred throughout the time and helped in audits. Furthermore, I found everyone in my team easy to speak to and supportive.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was lucky to have an extended 6 week handover period compared to the usual 1 week and this ensured that by the time I was doing the job alone, I was comfortable both within my role and I had gotten used to the working pattern. Once the previous intern left, my manager was always on hand to answer any queries which I had and has always been able to answer any questions or give any advice. When I had new tasks I was able to work shadow and when given new software to use I was given the opportunity to investigate it myself. In addition, my manager and I had fortnightly catch ups which were a more informal way to find out what kind of tasks I was working on at the time and how I was getting on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On a day to day basis I had a steady stream of work, with some days being a lot busier than others. I managed my work load to ensure that everything was completed on time and that I was never overrun by work. I found the workload increased around month end and significantly around quarter end and year end but it was still not unmanageable.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my placement I was given a lot of real responsibility, there were various reports which I was responsible for sending them out and I was a key contact to some of our vendors. This made me the first point of call with any issues. I also had the responsibility of approvals and was given the opportunity to get involved with some of the external audits.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have vastly improved my excel skills which will definitely be useful when I go to finish my degree and when I look for a job post-university. I have also learnt various different software's which I hadn't previously used and if I go into a financially based role will be useful. The main skills which I have gained are in the corporate awareness of how to interact in meetings, how to write emails more professionally and telephone manner. I will definitely used these skills learnt when going into a workplace.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the whole office was really enjoyable. There was a more casual dress code and the decoration contributed to a more informal working environment. There was occasionally people chatting and laughing and it gave the office a good environment to work in which was still productive.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I found the work placement set up really well. There was a handover period to learn about the new job and then HR organised a few training sessions at the beginning of the placement to introduce us to the working environment. I found that the managers knew what they were doing and were really helpful with any questions.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Warner Bros invested in a few training courses at the beginning of the year including MBTI training and there were a few further trainings were external speakers talked to us about different topics. We were also able to go on a paid for IT course to help with our job. The managers invested a lot of time on my job role to ensure I was doing it correctly.
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?
A lot of the interns are able to come back to the company after graduating. There isn't a graduate scheme offered, but if a job becomes available at the right time that is suitable then there would be the potential to apply.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene among interns was really good. Interns can meet in the café for lunch and also meet to go out at the weekends. Throughout the placement, there was the opportunity to go for after work drinks with the interns most Thursdays and there were loads of corporate events throughout the year which interns were invited to.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is quite an expensive area to live/work, but there are plenty of happy hours and deals that are suitable to lower budgets.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are hundreds of nightclubs and bars in London for any kind of music/event that anyone wants to go to.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are opportunities to get involved with charity volunteering outside of work and there are also premiers and extra screenings which are available for employees sometimes. There are a few corporate events which the interns sometimes get invited to.