1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working for Warner Bros. has been such an amazing experience. It's a wonderful working place with great people and the corporate culture is really fun. I have learnt so much throughout the past couple of months and do not want to leave. It is exciting world that you get immersed into and you can definitely feel part of it all, which is a great feeling and experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I can honestly say I had the nicest team of people I worked with. Nobody takes you just as an intern; you are an equal part of the team and you get involved in all the action just as anybody else is. At start, everyone was super helpful in explaining things to me, introducing their roles and the entire processes around our work. I developed strong personal relationships with some of my colleagues and felt happy coming to work everyday.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had two managers, both of which were incredibly nice, sweet, fun and understanding. They helped me get involved with everything, explained anything I asked for a millionth time as they understood it is a lot of information to take in. I am mostly grateful for all the opportunities they gave me to present in fron of the wider team, conduct my own projects and gradually take on more and more responsibility as I learnt throughout the months and gained their trust. They always encouraged me to be part of any corporate events, lunch 'n' learn sessions and other opportunities around the workplace.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would say that the work fluctuated as TV is a very seasonal industry but I always found something to do and loved being busy with different projects. I was trying to always be proactive and ask for work, offer to help others and get involved as much as possible.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned, at first, it was a lot of information to take in and learn all my duties so I was given a lot of support from my managers who always double-checked my work to make sure everything is okay. As the time progressed, I gained more and more responsibility when both my managers and I felt confident in me handling projects on my own and talk to clients independently. Overall, I was very happy with the amount of responsibility and trust I was given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This entire experience has been invaluable for my self-development and future career. From getting to know the industry and all the processes within it, to day-to-day activities of B2B marketing, to handling international clients etc., I have learnt so much and it has definitely shaped the way I am now looking at my future career and my ambitions.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was fun. Everyone was very nice and friendly; although Warner Bros. is a huge international company, the teams within you work are fairly small so you get to know everyone personally and there are also many different socialising events planned throughout the year to help the atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Everything works fine. The programme has been set up for a couple of years now so the processes are well established. There is usually a week handover with your previous intern during which you learn everything you need to know and it is a custom to get a notes folder with all information you might need throughout the placement. There is about 6 different HR trainings with other interns and there are also processes in place to help you get regular feedback from your supervisors, which is helpful.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As mentioned, there are a couple of HR trainings included, from personality tests for teamwork, to Presenting Me, to project management etc. If you need extra training on a specific software, i.e.SAP, you will also be able to take that. On top of that, you are allowed to choose 1 IT course of choice, which are expensive and very good. I personally took a Photoshop course with which I was very happy.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although there is no official graduate scheme in Warner Bros., being an intern, you will be in the first pool of candidates that the company will use for onboarding. As they know you and you know the company, it gives you that foot in the door so it's good to keep in touch with your managers. There are many employees in the company that used to be interns so I would say the chances is fairly high, you just need to be lucky to look out for opportunities opening up.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is about 50 interns in Time Warner and extra apprentices so the social scene is pretty wild. It is great because it is easy to find someone you get on with and also someone to live with when you move for the placement. Usually, there would be regular intern socialising events on from parties to move casual lunches, Christmas dinners to weekend chill out.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's central London so it is obviously expensive, however, you also earn money so you can afford to go out here and there and it is a lot of fun. Also, if you handle your money well, you should be okay with money but learn how to save, i.e. prepare your lunch rather than buy one everyday. Little tricks like that make life much easier.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is plenty of different bars, pubs and restaurants to go to around the place you work at which makes it really easy to choose what you want and also always explore new places. Soho is just around the corner, Holborn has many bars and pubs where you can always find someone from work, especially on a Thursday, and getting home is also quite easy since you're in central London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are some team events, like summer picnic, Christmas parties, team days out, which are a lot of fun.