1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
An outstanding year with a lot to look back on and even more to look forward to. A very enjoyable year working for one of the most intelligent, creative and friendly companies on the market.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Every day I walked into the office I felt valued. My role allowed me to interact with all levels of management within the company, across all departments, allowing me to create great relationships with colleagues who valued my input throughout the year.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was very fortunate to be working with and reporting directly to, my departments Director, who was extremely supportive throughout the year in helping me develop personally and professionally. Most definitely one of the most motivational individuals I have come across. In every disruptive situation there was support and guidance to help me through.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was always something to do whilst working at Warner Bros. and being in a supporting role was great because it allowed me to help my department and others as well. I always had a task to complete and despite some of them being quite tedious, they were always well balanced with fun, creative tasks. Every day was different and depending on different incidents around EMEA, my week could be completely put on hold to deal with an issue or another task. This was very challenging at times, but extremely rewarding.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was mistaken to think that 'Interns' aren’t given much responsibility during a placement year. I was responsible for a number of projects, which I organised, led and carried out throughout the year. I was responsible for our department accounts and reconciliation, sending out all staff messages during an incident or a crisis and creating official documentation for each of our Europe offices. I found the amount of responsibility given at Warner Bros. to be extremely well suited to prepare undergraduate students for the real world of work after graduation. There were times where I felt like I was ‘running the show’.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Warner Bros. have a dedicated Learning and Developing team focused on making employees (including interns) develop their personal and professional skills throughout their time here. The team run workshops on a regular basis, as well as ‘Lunch N Learns where you can learn new skills. The departmental training has been invaluable as I have learnt useful organisational and planning skills which will assist me in planning projects at university and beyond. I fell that my network has expanded and my interpersonal skills have vastly improved to help me network and secure a graduate position next year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was very friendly and helpful. My Floor was particularly quiet although this was great because when you needed to focus you were able to. The busier floors were always very hospitable if you wanted to pop down and have a chat, and it seemed that face-to-face conversation and informal meetings were welcomed by everyone.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was extremely well organised from start to finish. There were regular catch ups with the Learning & Development and HR Team to track our progress throughout the year and there was a ‘Reviewing the internship’ workshop we attended towards the end of our placement to help us transition back into university life.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As I mentioned in previous comments the Learning & Development Team were always looking for new ways for Interns to develop key skills and constantly encourage us to attend workshops and sessions. They financially invest an amount for you to do a course of your choice in order to gain new skills that could be applied to future employment roles. I attended an Intermediate Excel workshop, which was run by a top IT Training Company in the centre of London.
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?
Warner Bros. is definitely a company I would love to be a part of when I finish my studies. Unfortunately, there isn’t a set position for me within the department I carried out my internship with, however this won’t stop me from researching other roles and finding a perfect fit once I have finished my degree.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
A total of 56 Interns were a part of the 2015/2016 Work Placement and there were plenty (on a daily basis) of opportunities to socialize, have a drink and go out clubbing with. This was also the same with full-time colleagues as well. Warner Bros. is a very fun and social company to work for.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was fortunate enough to live at home during the placement, but rent is normally around £650+p/m in a London postcode. There's always a way to find cheap ways to socilize in london, however there are also the expensive options too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The Warner Bros. office is based in the centre of London, just 5 mins walk from Covent Garden and Piccadilly - the rest goes without saying.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Warner Bros. runs a charity group called IMPACT which I was a contributor of throughout the year and they regularly ran activities such as a Sleepout event to raise money for Centrepoint, the homeless shelter charity as well as special screening for guest to attend.