1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This has been an incredible year, I have had an amazing time, learned lots and made so many memories. I am so grateful to the people I have worked with and I will miss them as well as working here. I hope I can come back again someday.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have felt welcome and as part of the team pretty much since I started. I have made some great friends this year and hope to keep in touch with my colleagues after I have left. They have helped me grow a great deal this year and have appreciated/encouraged me to put myself forward in all activities.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A change in management this year was difficult, but I have been given so much support, feedback and guidance by my current manager. I feel more confident in my abilities and am working hard on improving in areas I am less so. Weekly 1-on-1 meetings to talk about my progress and my current projects have boosted this, I do not think I could have received better guidance and support than I have got from my team.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This is very much dependant on the day/week/month due to announces and releases. Occasionally, we were extremely busy and others not so much, but I never felt I wasn't capable to complete my tasks and if things were quiet I would always speak up to see if there was anything else I could do/assist with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
This has increased over the duration of my placement. In the last few months I have lead department meetings, team meetings and taking on upcoming titles to project manage. I have been a great deal of responsibility and have been encouraged throughout to do more.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learned skills I will never forget and will continue to develop during my final year and beyond. I have been given endless opportunities to learn new skills, and receive training to find out more about myself and how I can better my work. In all areas of professional competence development I have improved; I now feel more determined and capable of reaching my University and career goals.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The balance between 'work and play' within the office has been brilliant. Collectively we all appreciate times where we need quiet to get work done quickly, but despite this most of the time we have the radio on in the back ground and no one is ever discouraged from asking anyone any questions work related or not. As department we all get on extremely well, the best I have ever seen. We are all here to do our job, but we will all help each other to get it done. Most days we all sit together at the lunch table and are able to relax for an hour. Working in such a professional manner than is perfectly balance with enjoyment has been a treat I will treasure.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I have not witnessed any issues with organising the overall placement, the company was tremendous at accommodating unforeseen circumstances. I have never felt uncomfortable or unsure of what is happening. From my interview day through to the last few months communication with the HR and my own team was organised and welcoming.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Over the year, there have been multiple opportunities to have training or attend learning sessions. This ranges from intern/apprenticeships to company wide training. I have learned a lot about myself through these sessions as well as about the company and others. Warner Bros. clearly looks to give it's interns the best opportunity to make the most of their year in industry.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love the opportunity to come back to Warner Bros. I will definitely look to see if there are job opportunities available when I graduate University, whether within in my current department or another.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Within our department we have a social committee, which I was selected to be a part of, one a monthly basis we organise an event for our department to attend which is a great way of keeping moral up within the team. Additionally, most of us will have lunch together or go to the pub after work on a Friday. In terms of fellow interns there are groups that meet up regularly, however everyone is always invited and big intern nights out happen every couple of months. It is nice to have people that are going through the same things as you and that as a whole we all get on.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive, this is unavoidable, but it is just about being careful and balancing it out. You can find really nice places to live that are a decent price and places to go out that aren't bad either. Voucher sites and individual company voucher apps are ideal for London! There's plenty to do and it is affordable if you take the time to cheap it out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I personally prefer pubs to night clubs for example, and the areas near the office have loads of them. It has been great this year to either go with interns or colleagues and enjoy a few drinks after work. However, there are some awesome pub type clubs, for example Piano Works is always a brilliant night out - and it has a happy hour. Happy hours near work are popular and a great way of having a fun night out in London without rinsing out your wallet.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I think amongst the boys there is a football team, which many interns get involved in. There have been a few girls keen to start a netball team just for fun. The company communicates out opportunities to join in some other activities too such as a Tough Mudder in the early summer. Aside from this you are able to enter competitions within the company to win tickets to premieres - which are an awesome experience and definitely worth trying to get tickets for!