Worked in the commercial PC marketing team. Mainly focusing on commercial events, but done some overall marketing campaigns as well.
I have really enjoyed my work placement with HP and I had the opportunity to attend and help organise many different high profile events. I have also had the chance to shadow other colleagues in different departments and joined partner meetings to give me a rounded view of the company.
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I feel very valued by my colleagues and other team members. Everyone at HP are very welcoming and friendly which makes joining such a large corporation put you more at ease. They give you a very important job role and expect high quality work which they rely on you to provide and this earns the respect of colleagues.
I was not given much guidance and support by the previous intern who trained me, however my manager and team provided me with lots of help and reassured me with work and arranged regular meetings and catchups with me to ensure I could fulfil my role to the best of my ability.
My daily activities vary, with some workload periods being very quiet and other times being extremely busy and caused me to work long hours. This is all dependant on the time of year and whether the company had many events on at the time. Also prioritising workload helped to manage the busier periods.
On my placement year I was given lots of responsibility, including organising a national partner training roadshow. This tested me a lot as I had to ensure I had co-ordinated all the different partner offices to ensure the dates worked and organise the products and merchandise to be delivered by the couriers on time, as well as finding support staff to attend. Lots of the work I do is to be sent to all our partners and resellers, or senior management.
I think that the skills I have learnt will help me in my final year of study as well as in future jobs as I have learnt how to prioritise my workload, as well as improved overall IT skills such as Excel and this is something I will definitely utilise in my final year at University.
The general atmosphere in the office is generally upbeat and a very friendly environment to work in. Everyone is very enthusiastic and wants to meet deadlines and exceed targets which provides a very well driven atmosphere to work in. Everyone is really approachable and willing to teach you and help you learn in order to succeed which makes it such a great company to work for.
The overall placement year was very well organised as there are about 20 interns in HP and we all have set roles amongst different teams. We were provided with a mentoring scheme as well as being part of a very well structured committee in which we organised fundraising events for charity. The company ensures you have regular meetings and catchups with your manager in order to see how well you are progressing through your internship.
Thee company offered a mentoring programme in which we were taught the skills of how to present in meetings and virtually on calls in order to keep listeners engaged. I also built my confidence by putting these skills into practice and worked on a project in order to create a better process of loaning products.
I would love to return to HP after I graduate from University as they provide a great working environment and a very friendly, upbeat work force. They are a very good company to work for and provide good perks too which is a great bonus. There are a lot of opportunities with the company and provide you with a real career path and believe in building and maintaining employees.
Yes, the social scene was really good as we all live with Hewlett Packard Enterprise so in total, there are roughly 80 interns who all socialise together on nights out, lunches and organised events. We all attended events in order to fundraise for charity and be able to attend the annual Intern Summer ball which we got to go to twice during the time I was with HP and this is by far the best night of the year.
I paid roughly £95 a week rent and about £40 a month bills although this varied throughout the year. Socialising was pretty standard on student nights, with weekends being more expensive than I was used to being from the north. However, if we ever went out in London it would cost a lot more for a night out. Generally prices were typically what I expected with a meal out being about £20 for 2 courses and a drink and other activities standard prices which means you have money to do social activities once all bills and rent was paid.
The nightlife was quite good, as during the intern handover period we would have our Thursday night socials which most interns would attend. The weekends were also really fun but cost a bit more, although this died down the further into the year we got, with most nights out being a few drinks in a bar instead.
I didn't get involved in much outside of work other than going to the gym regularly with my housemate. This kept me busy and fit, however I know the boys set up a work football team which is available and there was a girls netball team when we started our internship.