1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement very much. The department worked very closely with one another, there was a group of 50+ interns to socialize with across the office, and there are countless opportunities to expand your professional network. During my year I worked with different territories in Germany, Turkey and in the US. Also, on occasion I got to work with colleagues in Leavesden.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The work that my department produced was almost always project based. When working for senior management as part of the project team I always felt that the work I produced was greatly valued and that they included me in the team because they genuinely thought I could help, instead of being included just to sit and do nothing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout the year I was primarily the intern for the whole department, therefore I would complete work given to me by a number of people in the department. However, most of the work I had came directly from my manager. Each week I had 30 minutes scheduled in for a catch up with her. She would make sure I was OK with my current tasks and provide me with support if I was ever out of my depth.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Sometimes I felt like I wasn't given enough attention when it came to work being given to me. Sometimes I would get included in a new project and would receive assurance that there would be work for me to complete, but then I would stop being involved in communications out of nowhere. Having said that, I would always have a steady stream of work and something to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
With this placement I very much thought that if I wanted more responsibility it would be given to me. Over the course of the year, I have produced work for VPs within the London office, EMEA territories such as France, Germany and Turkey and Leavesden. I have also worked very closely with colleagues in the US. I also delivered an hour long presentation to the rest of my department on a new application.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The interns were given 6 training sessions throughout the year that helped us during our placement and helped us develop transferable skills that could be taken into our studies. In addition, I attended courses set up by my department that will do the same. Not only will the training help, but the constant shadowing of senior management and the hours spent building my knowledge will also help significantly.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The department I worked on had around 20-30 members who all worked on the same floor. Everyone would chat to one another frequently as the office was designed to encourage that. Also, we had a board meeting every Tuesday and Thursday where everyone can provide updates. In addition, there was a Ping Pong table in the office which provided entertainment and encouraged team bonding.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The interns were immediately placed in a Facebook group by HR, and throughout the early stages of my internship I received regular communications from HR to schedule events that ensured we were given a good platform to build on. My manager always ensured I was always busy and if she couldn't provide work for me then my VP could.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended several training sessions throughout the year. Some were in house for the interns, and some were organised by my department out of the office to enhance my skills.
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 no graduate scheme in place here at Warner Bros, Therefore the pool of interns that do come back are not as many as other companies. However, there are people who work here that were previous interns and the current interns have been reassured that if jobs open up in the future, they would seriously consider previous interns for the role.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Overall, there were around 50 interns employed by the company. Most of them lived together aswell. Social events were usually set up by the interns themselves, but they were encouraged by the company. Also, living in London meant that there was always something to do.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The office is located in the center of London so socializing is very expensive, and often I would feel I had a lack of funds at the end of the month. The salary is a competitive one, but living in London should be prepared for as it is not cheap at all.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Plenty of bars, pubs and clubs in the heart of London where I worked, but also throughout the rest of the city, such as the south west region where I lived. Never short of options for a good time if you can afford it. Making the most of the student deals is handy.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Throughout the year, there was encouragement to join various charities and take part in volunteering activities throughout London. Also, I attended the event 'Friendsfest' as a volunteer for the day, which I thoroughly enjoyed as a 'Friends' fan