1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed my year working at L'Oreal. It allowed a lot of personal development both professionally and socially.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From Day one I was not treated as an intern but an actual member of the team which was really positive.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of responsibility and autonomy to do my job which initially felt a little overwhelming but once I got to grips with the internal workings of the company and other stakeholders it felt a little easier to ask for support when needed. Weekly catch-ups and the HR review forms also help to keep track of what both you and your managers want to get out of they year. Overall, I felt very well supported.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Always extremely busy. This worked for me personally as I prefer to keep busy although this did not leave much time to innovate or extend my business-circle.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was entrusted with a lot of responsibility from the get-go and along with it a lot of autonomy to get the work I needed to, done.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think this year has helped me to work smarter such that priorities and time-frames can change and move but that's okay. It has also encouraged me to step back and look at the bigger picture, bringing all factors into consideration when completing tasks.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really great and relaxed environment making it easy to get involved with others whom you may not directly work with. Open plan office also such that you sit next to your managers which is great.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Intern workshops run throughout the year to learn more about the company.
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?
Definitely worth applying to grad scheme as there is a good rotational process allowing you to see a lot of the company in a relatively short period of time.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Lots of intern social events throughout the year run by an intern committee. Full time employees are also super social.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
South-West London can be expensive but Hammersmith is accessible from further out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Close to central London- expensive but good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots of charity activities as well as a couple of sports teams and other social events.