A normal working day usually consisted of using SQL to extract data from the Health & Beautycard database; using Excel to manipulate and analyse the data; and producing analysis packs in PowerPoint. Analysis projects generally came from two sources – the commercial team and external suppliers – with project content and turnaround varying greatly from project to project.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved my time at Superdrug and would highly recommend this as a placement, as the team are very friendly and welcoming, the work is varied and challenging, and there are also a lot of learning opportunities to take advantage of!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team was extremely welcoming and obviously valued having me there on placement. They made every effort to incorporate me into the team and treated me as another employee rather than just an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very approachable, as I sat at the desk next to my manager and could ask questions whenever I wanted to. I also had also had weekly catch ups with my manager, so any other issues could be discussed, as well as meetings with my manager's superior to also check my progress.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The majority of the time the work was perfectly balanced - a good amount of time was spent on getting me up to speed, which meant I could then manage my workload further down the line.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of responsibility, given projects to work on from day 1 which I was responsible for delivering. However, I was also able to ask for help if needed and your work is checked by other team members, which gave a good balance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt so much from my placement at Superdrug, particularly regarding data analysis and presenting this to a wider audience. I was also able to undertake other training opportunities, which made this a priceless learning experience.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was a great place to work in, everyone was very friendly and approachable. There was a good degree of mixing between the different teams, and there was always lots going on that you could engage with.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The settling in stage was very well managed and structured, with the my manager and team ensuring I was able to get up to speed with work at my own pace – once everyone felt I had settled, I was treated at the same level as any of the other analysts and therefore had a varied workload.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I gained experience using a wide range of analytics software (including SQL, VBA, and Google Analytics) as well as being able to take part in some presentation training. There was also more general, on-the-job personal development, with my manager critiquing my work and offering advice on how I could improve.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Superdrug is growing as a business and there were a number of opportunities within the team I worked - I was offered the chance to come back following graduation, but chose to pursue a different opportunity.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The team was generally very sociable, eating out for lunch on Fridays, as well as having a few team events out in the time I was there.
A group of people in marketing also played football on a semi-regular basis, which was a good way to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise interact with regularly.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Croydon was relatively expensive, but on the whole, the costs of living and socialising were comparable with other areas.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?