Supporting NAM for Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Debenhams and John Lewis.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have enjoyed working with my team and the work is varied which I also liked.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My manager was very appreciative of my hard work but at times its hard to get the recognition I felt I deserved as everyone is time poor. For example, I may have done a great piece of analysis and its hard to find the opportunity to showcase it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had weekly catch-ups with my manager and she was really open to listen to my ideas. Also, I was given adequate support on elements such as workload where perhaps L'Oreal being the fast paced environment that it is, often you have a lot of things on and my manager helped my prioritise in those pressured days/weeks. Very occasionally was I not able to seek support when I needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied a lot in terms of activities that were happening. I never had nothing at all to do. More often than not I had too much and learning to say no to do pieces of work was often challenging but I also did get support on this from my manager and the team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot - I could own projects, if I had idea generation then I could execute this, but also their was a lot of admin type work or pulling data for other members of my team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt so much in terms of organisation, time management, communication etc. I can't explain more on how much this work has taught me for my future endeavours. If you are willing to work hard, and under pressure in some cases, then you will learn loads. The responsibility you get and exposure to great people across the business is great.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It wasn't great at first because I didn't know anyone and people were busy so their wasn't any time to chat per say. However, as I got to know people, the people were so friendly you just need to be super aware that other are busy and when are the right times to 'have fun'.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would say the HR side of things isn't great. I only found out what brand I was working on the week before I started. I also only heard from my manager around 4 days before my first day. This gave me little time to prepare and gave me a huge amount of anxiety prior to starting the placement.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I didn't have any formal training, per say. But in terms of learning from others in the business and the exposure to internal/external meeting, then I learnt a lot.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They offer the chance to get on the graduate scheme, which I am currently in the process of apply for. But I have heard it is very competitive but I would love to get on to it.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was within the intern community, I joined the team for a drink after work on a few occasions but it wasn't a good social scene.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was lots of bars and pubs to go for a drink after work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?