The placement students’ role is to support the Marketing teams on a day-to-day basis. Alongside gaining a broad understanding of film copyright licensing and the non-theatrical film sector, this position has been created to provide the successful candidate with invaluable experience of all marketing activities within the film industry and a market leading organisation.
A placement at Filmbankmedia should position the successful candidate very strongly when applying for roles within Marketing upon graduation.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement year at Warner Bros (Filmbankmedia). I was given a range of different responsibilities and got to work on multiple different projects during the year! I would most definitely recommend a placement at Warner Bros to anyone who is passionate about film, driven, can work well under pressure and is keen to work in a fast-paced, fast-changing environment.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Right from the beginning I felt immediately part of team. Everyone was very friendly and incredibly helpful! One of the most valuable things I learnt during my placement was how to manage my time effectively in order to be a valued member of a team. I was given tips during catch-up meetings with my managed on how I could better take charge of tasks and projects in order to help and strengthen the teams ability to meet deadlines.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Every week myself and my manager would meet up to discuss my priorities and also come up with helpful solutions of how to better manage my time and be as productive as possible. Warner Bros have also established a thing called CHAT, which is where you have the opportunity to meet with you manager and discuss your goals and ways in which you can reach these goals. These are also reflective on your last CHAT meeting, which you there is time to reflect on how far you have come during the time. I also got the chance to discuss with my manager what I was finding difficult and which areas of the business I would like to be more involved in!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always very busy and my manager would often ensure I had enough work to keep me busy in quieter periods. Whilst having my own projects to manage, I also worked on consistent ad-hoc projects which took up a large percentage of my day-to-day work load. When managing any company events or external events we planned to attend I found I was a lot busier as there were always tight deadlines to meet.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I would like to have expanded my responsibility as I did feel my responsibilities were similar to those when I started the placement. I will take this from my internship and most definitely look for a role in the future with a wide range of responsibility in order to keep me motivated and driven.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The experience I have had and all the skills I have been able to learn and develop is invaluable. Before I started my placement year I had never used Photoshop or InDesign but during the course of my internship I was able to attend a training course for both pieces of software and am now very confident using both programmes. I would encourage anyone to do a placement year!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very friendly but a good environment to work in with minimal distraction! An open plan office allows you the freedom to walk and communicate with employees freely around the office. I never felt that I was unable to ask anyone a question or for help. I sat with my manager and Marketing Director, which allowed us to brainstorm throughout the day!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised! When I first got my placement we were all invited to a drinks to meet all of the other interns. This allowed us to arrange intern houses and fine somewhere to live. On my first day of Warner Brothers there was a 'Welcome to Warner Bros session' where we got to meet a range of people from all of the different departments across Warner Bros. Throughout my placement my manager arranged frequent CHAT meetings and catch-ups so I was always on track.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to do two different training courses (Photoshop and InDesign), all interns also had to attend a range of different intern training sessions (each 3hrs long) which I found incredible helpful. We also got the option to go a long to a range of talks and seminars throughout the year to aid our personal development. There is a dedicated HR who majorly encourage you to go straight to them if you have any issues in the work place!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think Warner Bros is a great company to work for as they really look after their employees! As this is my first real experience in the work place I would be interested to try a range of different roles before I decide what type of role works best for me!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Fantastic social scene! At Warner Bros there is 50 other interns, I got the chance to live with 5 other interns in central London just half an hour away from work. This made the year much more enjoyable and a lot of fun. The company organised a great Christmas Party as well as our own department days out - such as trip to Crystal Maze!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I was working and living in central London it was very expensive which meant I was limited to going out one night a week! This did make it slightly difficult but as I lived with other interns we always found fun inexpensive things to do, as we were all on the same budget!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Holborn has some create pubs which we often went to on a Friday after work! We would also arrange intern nights out to the cheaper London venues such at Be at One and Sway. These venues offered cheap happy hours so were great places to go to straight after work!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not particularly! I think the company could most definitely benefit for having more sports clubs as well as social groups to offer you the chance to meet people outside of your department/ floor you worked on. The company does of course invite some of its staff to the film premiers but due to the department I work in, I never got a ticket to one of these!