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I thoroughly enjoyed my internship, the work was very enjoyable and the atmosphere was incredible. It take me a while to feel part of the team but that was mainly due to my own shyness as the team were very friendly and welcoming. Every day was enjoyable and different providing variety in my work and constantly keeping me on my toes.
I felt very valued by my colleagues, my manager would take it upon himself to make sure I was aware if I had done a good job and was constantly pushing me to do better and push boundaries. The work itself was often of high value so I did feel a level of importance in the team when given these jobs and felt trusted by everyone
My supervisors providing a huge amount of support and guidance, there were several layers of management from senior producers, heads of departments and creative management, meaning I was given support from all sides and I never felt like I was forgotten about. My creative manager especially would take the time to sit down with me often to chat about my progress and help me achieve more
I was constantly busy throughout my internship, as my role shifted I had to learn new jobs and rules which kept me busy. My busyness was also heavily affected by my own organisation skills as my jobs were often briefed and it was my task alone to make sure they were completed, I had to prepare and time manage my work. I never felt like i had nothing to do and only rarely felt it was too much.
I was given a huge amount of responsibility during my placement, I would often be given 4 projects to make and I was left to develop, edit and complete these by myself with the finished product being broadcast on television, there was support available if i needed it and my manager would check on my progress and okay the final job, but a lot was left in my hands which made me feel even more trusted by the teams
I developed lots of skills such as editing and directing, however the biggest skill i developed was personal time management as each job was up to me to organise, it helped my focus my work and the 9-5 times meant I developed to schedule work time and leisure time which I can definitely use in future work. Another skill I found was strongly developed was my ability to small talk, something which I still struggle with but was quite integral in working with others.
There were two offices I worked at, the first did feel very formal and corporate, it was very much heads down and get work done atmosphere which limited distractions and helped me to focus on urgent tasks. The second office was a lot more laid back and friendly, this atmosphere was very helpful when trying to come up with new creative ideas.
The internship was very well organised with hand over sessions which got me up to speed with the teams and a manager who took the time to make sure everything was going well. The team have been using interns for a long time and thus have a very well oiled way of bringing them in and training them up as they've had years of experience to perfect the experience.
The company I feel didn't invest too much in my personal training and development as there was limited classes or sessions to do so. My team however did put a huge amount of work and time into my training and development, each person was happy to take the time to show me new things and when I showed interest were would help develop my ideas and skills. The team was brilliant and always pushing my further, the company however I feel didn't do this
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
I feel future employment prospects are very appealing as the work is great and the team are even better. Even if there wasn't work in their team the manager was willing and put in the time to put in a good work for myself and other interns to other departments,
There was very limited interaction with other placement students apart from the few in my team which I already new from uni, in regards to the other placement students I didn't meet any of them therefore my expereince of the social scene was very limited, it might have been amazing but due to my lack of meeting other students and happy to socialize with the few i knew already and my team I wasn't able to experience it
The cost of living and socialising in the area i worked in was a little bit more experience than normal but nothing that could break the bank, there were cheaper ares further away which is where I lived but from others experiences and lunch times it wasn't too horrific budget wise
The nightlife was not bad in the area i worked in, the were several bars and pubs around some of which did discounts for working with the company, there wasn't a huge amount on and if there was it was pretty relaxed and finished pretty early, but it the area was by no means dead perhaps just a little matured.
Apart from a football team and going to the pub every so often after work, I felt there were very little opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work and if there were they were either difficult to find, expensive to join or only available for full time employees which many no intern could join. The activities outside work were a little disappointing
Placement Year (10 Months+)
3rd July 2016