I had a great experience at Disney and would happily repeat the experience. Everyone was welcoming and helpful and always happy.
I was apart of a small team and therefore my thoughts and opinions were valued as much as anyone else in the team. The team made me feel welcome from day one and would happily work for them again.
I was given a two week handover period with the old intern which clarified everything I needed to do for my job role. After this the entire team were available for any questions and were happy to help even with the smallest issues.
I was a crucial member of the team and was particularly busy around certain times of the year. If I didn't have work to do my manager or team would find me something to do or I could easily ask one of the other near by teams that we worked with.
A LOT! By the end of the year I had run an entire project by myself from beginning to end which took around three months.
Through my placement I have learnt numerous excel skills as well as communications within the workplace. I have learnt to be more organised and plan my time wisely which will hopefully help with my further studies.
The office was always buzzing with excitement. There was never a time that there wasn't something going on or being planned. The floor became a home and the people in it a family which made the atmosphere fun and enjoyable. If there was an issue everyone was there to help and you never felt alone as everyone knew everyone.
The placement was well organised and run. From the beginning I received my contract through quickly and everything from payments to season tickets was set up before I had even arrived. There was over two hundred interns in my year and therefore there was a large force of us. The placement team were always available for help as well as our managers and teams. All paperwork was dealt with without asking and was sent to our respected desks .
I was given goals to achieve over the year which helped me grow as a person as well as help the company. There was always workshops and talks by business people over the year which I was always encouraged to go to so as learn and build connections with people from outside of the business. I was a crucial part of the team and without investing in me the job wouldn't have been done in a satisfactory way.
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
There are many interns that are taken into the company on the scheme each year. The majority of the employees have been through the work placement year at the company. However, due to strict head counts the only opportunity for employment would be if someone left or a job became available. Having done the years placement I would be more employable to the company than someone who hadn't already worked there.
With two hundred interns at the company there was always something going on that you could get involved in. People lived in london and therefore organised nights out and drinks. Fridays in the summer we finished at 3pm so everyone went to the pub for the afternoon after work. There was always awards nights and big charity events going on throughout the company that anyone could and always got involved in.
I worked in Hammersmith but lived at home in Essex. The cost of living was my travel card season ticket which was quite expensive but cheaper than living in London. Hammersmith isn't the most expensive part of London but is clean and lively with nightlife and easy access to central city. Food was reasonably priced for the city and could have been a lot higher.
The nightlife wasn't great however now the nighttube is available going out in London is easier than ever. There are pubs and bars around Hammersmith which were used for lunch or after work drinks but for a nightclub Mayfair and Knightsbridge are on the Picadilly line and central london was around twenty five minutes away making it easy to get too.
Endless opportunities! Anything you have ever wanted to do existed at the company somewhere and if it didn't you could set it up. Everything from triathlons to bake offs went off at disney on a weekly basis and you could be as involved or not as you wanted to be. everything was done in a friendly environment and beginners or experts could get involved and have some fun.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Business Management, Marketing
4th July 2017