1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Loved it and really good social life as there is such a large amount of interns and grads
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
On the whole I felt valued by my colleagues and had really good relationships with the brands. However, as a digital marketing intern there is a slight disconnect with marketing and digital marketing which means you will often get odd, IT style requests and also not always treated as part of the marketing team. Especially on the smaller brands where it might only be a digital team, consisting of yourself and a digital manager.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Extremely good guidance and knowledge shared by digital managers and the perfect balance of responsibility and mentoring
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Ridiculously! Good as it makes the days fly. However, this is not a 9-5. Most brands expect you to stay beyond the contracted hours. Although, despite there being a lot of work, it is great experience and you are given real work and great responsibility so the tasks are often enjoyable although deadlines can be stressful. You also are given time management/ managing priorities classes which really help!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A huge amount, just all work is approved by your manager and the marketing manager before something goes live. Often expected to organise meetings and conference calls on your own or given entire projects/ campaigns to do by yourself with the support of agencies.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Will definitely help with my next job all the skills I have learnt as you are really thrown in the deep end. I am yet to go back to my degree but I presume it will make my 'ecom' module next year a walk in the park.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great atmosphere and great work-life balance. Coffee culture and lots of intern nights out! Obviously there are a few individuals you won't get along with but this is expected wherever you are
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well - lots of training and MAP forms help guide you and stay on track with your targets
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Very much so, it would have been nice to get the £600 budget that permanent staff get for external training but apart from that they were very happy for you to do all the internal masterclasses L'Oreal had to offer
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Grad scheme looks extremely appealing although they do not currently offer a digital grad scheme which is a shame but from what I have heard. The marketing grad scheme is rather digitally focused which I am very excited for if my application is successful. Also there is great career progression within the company even if you are not successful with the grad scheme. Interns are often called back if they have good relationships within the company and you are often moved around the company and promoted.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Incredible and often nights out to good venues where you would tend to go with your friends rather than the kind of nights you would expect with work colleagues
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Extremely expensive. Average rent in hammersmith/ fulham area is around £700-£800 and even if you live a bit further away you're looking at spending around £150 a month on travel which means that any money you might save you will then spend on travel. Also, nights out in London are going to set you back at least £80 (on a good day) which is not too good when you're on an intern salary!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Ridiculous, stone through away from Fulham and the King's Road plus nice pubs in the near vicinity
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, 5-a-side football team and football tour to madrid at end of year. Joined the local gym also at a very reasonable price of £20 just opposite the office