Press Office Assistant Review

by Kia UK Limited

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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I absolutely loved it.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt like a valued member of staff rather than an intern. I had proper responsibilities which made a real difference to the company and the team I worked with. I also developed great relationships with people in other parts of the business, including executives, as the people are friendly and make a real effort to get to know a new colleague.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • There is a great support network in the Press Team. No question is a stupid question and they are willing to help you with anything you may be struggling with.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • My role was in the Press Office and the nature of the job means your business levels were not consistent. There would be days where it would be slower and with more admin based tasks, but there would also be days where you have so much to do, the day whizzes by and then you probably have an awards evening or fancy meal with work to attend that evening!


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Lots. It was scary at first but makes the placement feel so worthwhile and it amazing for the skills you learn.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I believe this is the most valuable year I have ever done. I have so many contacts if I choose this career path, and even if I don't go into this line of work, the skills I have gained are impressive and transferable.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • It is a fairly quiet office which is split into departments. Average age was about 35-40 and most people commute by car so there wasn't much social events with work. But the christmas party and summer event are epic and everyone is so friendly. The free lunch means everyone goes to the canteen at lunchtimes and socialises, rather than sitting at their desk. This made it very easy to get to know other people you wouldn't otherwise interact with.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • It isn't as structured as some placements I have heard about. They more throw you in the deep end and you learn on the job. However, I think this worked out the best for the nature of the work.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The skills I learnt whilst doing this job were great. My colleagues in the Press Office also made the effort to enrol me on industry-wide training events. They also allowed me to explore different types of work experience within my paid time with them. I had a week at a PR agency, a week at a motoring publication and a few days at a translation service for the motoring industry. The HR department also run regular workshops for things such as public speaking, IT skills and time management.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Company Car

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • They don't run official graduate schemes, however they seem to employ a lot of recent graduates and young people. I also feel they would be willing to help you get employed in the motor industry as a whole, if not specifically Kia.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • I didn't tend to work with any of the other placement students. However, when I saw them at lunchtimes or at company social events they were always lovely. You tend to socialise within your department.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Rentwise, it was London prices. There are lots of rental properties and shared living opportunities with other young professionals in the area.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • It was Surrey so not the most thriving place in the world. I tended to socialise with housemates I met on SpareRoom in pubs and bars. However if we wanted to go 'out,out' we went out in places like Kingston, Guildford or Woking and on two occasions, central London.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Not really as a lot of people tend to commute distances to the office, and they have families.


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Placement (10 Months+)


August 2017

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