1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement was very enjoyable in terms of learning opportunities and development. I would say that 90% of the job was quite straightforward tasks but there were also some great opportunities to travel to events in London and also in different countries. Although, at times the job was stressful, overall the placement was enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Warner Bros definitely value their interns, or at least they did in my office. I was treated like a normal employee by 99% of people and was given lots of responsibility in what was a full time job, rather than 'work experience'. My manager and colleagues were always very supportive but also trusted me to work on my own.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As mentioned above, although I had a small team, they were always here to help and answer any questions I had. I worked on my own for 95% of the time, but it would never be any trouble if I had questions. My manager gave me a lot of opportunities to improve and develop over the year, sometimes less guidance means that you learn more.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It would depend on the time of year, most of the time I would be constantly working day to day, however at certain times of the year, Christmas for example it was fairly quiet. Overall, I would say that I was busy enough to work all day, but not so busy that I had to stay late very often.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As briefly mentioned before, I was given much more responsibility than I expected and felt like a full time employee rather than an intern. I had my own projects and was partly in charge of a key part of the business. I feel as though the responsibility given to interns is the best part of the placement as you learn so much more.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training we received was good, but it was the day to day work that developed skills the most. Working in a corporate company teaches you a lot about professionalism and communication skills. Also, I learnt a lot about the industry I worked in and also about the areas of the company that I covered. I learnt a lot more in this year on placement, than I have in the last two years of Uni.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in my office was not amazing but also not bad. It was fairly quiet and people tended to get on with their jobs. However, my small team got on well.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well run and organised, particularly the training given to interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The responsibility given to interns over the year is the way in which the company develops in you. Although the pay itself is not life changing, the experience you get over the year will hopefully lead to more confidence and success in gaining work in the future, which will be very valuable.
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?
I would definitely come back and work within my original team, however I do not know if I would come back to Warner as I feel other companies are run more efficiently and with less politics behind the scene.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was very good at the start of the year and also at christmas, however it tailed off towards the end of the placement. I think there should have been more nights organised by a dedicated "social sec", I think that would have improved the social scene a lot. Another problem is the cost of living in London and the prices of drinks, makes going out quite expensive.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living for me personally was quite low as I commuted from home, however the cost of transport, food and drink in London is very expensive. For those that were renting, I think money would be very tight. Nights out were very expensive outside of happy hour.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was always very good but at the same time it was very expensive which put a lot off interns off going out regularly.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work, however I did not personally get involved in a lot of these.