My day to day roles are varied. However, there are various tasks that are constant: I manage the copy approval process for Immunology, the iConnect CRM system and manage sales promotion budgets by raising and managing purchase orders.
I also work with creative agencies in developing new marketing pieces for use by the sales force, this offers the ability to be creative and develop new ideas. I also work with media agencies to determine the advertising of Stelara and ensure the adverts are ready to be published in time. I also work with communication agencies to ensure our headline marketing strategies are well heard across the immunology markets in the UK. There is an endless scope of opportunity here at Janssen. If you work hard you will gain trust and from that an opportunity to do so many projects.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had the best year working at Janssen! It has been a great experience where I have developed so many skills and met so many amazing people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
You are valued as a true member of your team. Everybody is very friendly and welcoming.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You have regular catch-ups with your manager. My manager supported me greatly to ensure I got the most out of my year in terms of self development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It varied day to day/ week to week. 90% of the time you are really busy with enaging taks but I did encounter quieter periods.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Great responsiblity from day 1!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
J&J have a keen interest in learning and development. Throughout the year, I have participated in many training workshops, including personal selling skills, presentation skills, excel training.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very friendly, relaxed vibes. I really did love the atmosphere in the office. Everybody even my collegues outside my immediate team were very welcoming and helpful.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was organised well. There was a meet and greet day in April, which was a change to meet your team and your fellow placement students. It also provided an opportunity to organise a house, There was also a two-week handover period which was really helpful. There is also training throughout the year to ensure you are comfortable in the role and an opportunity to develop new skills. However, out of the five marketing placement students, four of them had a change of managers which was slightly distruptive during the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested heavily in training and developemt.
- 2 day Presentation workshop
- Excel training
- Brand training
- Janssen company training
-Compliance Wire (Online training)
-Proffessional selling skills training
- Stand your ground training
- NHS training
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?
The company is highly appealing, it is such a great company to work for however this a major letdown of the placement scheme is there is no fast-track to the graduate scheme. It is highly disappointing and dishearting. There is also inconsistencies cross-sector and it seems it much easier to secure a graduate job in consumer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The placement students were a very close group, at weekends and throughout the week, many activities were organised; including trips to London, nights out in different locations, dinner/cocktail dates e.t.c. Other collegues in the office would also get involved, including the graduates and permament members of staff of all ages.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As High Wycombe is located close-by to London, prices aren't the cheapest. Housing can be quite expensive also.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in wycombe isn't great! There is a cocktail bar, an Oneils, weatherspoons and a Yates. It isn't the most glamorous but it is still fun. There is also a revolutions in Beaconsfield which is better. London is only a 25 minute train journey and there's opportunities to go out in London if a mini-bus in arranged.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is many opportunities to get involved outside of work, there is a Janssen football and netbal club. There is also fundraising events that are organised.