Overall, I really enjoyed my internship, I have not only gained skills that I will value for life, but also great friends and memories.
I worked with a very welcoming and friendly bunch of people. I felt like they treated my like a valued part of the team. I felt valued by them in the workplace and I was praised for tasks that I complete for them. I was also valued by them socially and was invited to all social events that they held.
I generally felt supported by my manager. If I ever didn't understand something then I felt comfortable asking them for help or clarification. I received two appraisals for the year which was required by my university
It depended on the day. Usually I had ongoing projects that weren't time sensitive. Sometimes I was very busy and had to organised a way that I was going to get everything done in time. Other times I would have much less to do. I think this was also down to the nature of my role. However, I would have preferred a more structured routine.
I was given accountability over quite a few tasks.
I am so glad that I now have this office experience. I have not only learnt so many hard skills e,g, various systems and processes, but also so many communication skills which I know will be so useful in the future. Although my role does not directly relate to degree, it has definitely made me view things from different perspective. I think that it gives you life skills that are a great start for the rest of your career.
The culture at Disney is very warm and friendly. I felt welcomed by everyone. It was a sociable environment as well. It seems that my department have a great balance between social and work.
The placement way well organised. I had a great induction week which gradually introduced me to the systems I would be using.
I feel as though I was a useful asset to the team.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
I would see if there were any opportunities when I graduate. I enjoyed the culture at Disney.
There was a good social scene. The other intern and I would go out with the employees around London. We would look forward to Thursdays/ Fridays for our organised events. I would say that it would be a good idea to have more organised intern events throughout the year. I know that there are 200+ interns, but it would be a good idea to mingle with other interns in different departments! Maybe this could be done through the intern Facebook page??
The cost of living is expensive, but out of the company's control. Personally, I would rather organise to live somewhere more expensive (within reason) that was closer to the office than live miles away. You get to experience London properly in that way in terms of social life as well.
The nightlife in Hammersmith is good in terms of bars and pubs. In the summer its great because you can go down to the pubs near the river. Hammersmith really isn't far from central London so that is also an option.
There were things like Disney Choir, and charity events but to be honest I didn't really research these things myself.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
29th June 2017