Marketing Intern (depends greatly on your brand for your specific responsibilities)
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved working at L'Oréal for my placement year, I was given a lot of responsibility which I enjoyed and helped me to learn quickly in a fast faced environment and made me feel ready to enter the workplace after university. The intern community was fabulous and the support from your team around you makes you feel part of the business and the team. It was challenging at times and there was a lot of character building but overall a great place to work with a fantastic culture.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my team who relied a lot on interns not only for being the "backbone" of the business but also larger important projects and bringing a new perspective to the team. I would encourage regular feedback meetings to ensure you are on track and are still achieving your objectives.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My first manager was extremely supportive and made me feel like I could do anything I wanted in my career. She always encouraged training and extra curricular programmes within the business and always gave me the support I needed. When she left the business I was running the category by myself for around a month which was very challenging but I enjoyed the step up and it gave me an insight into what that role could be like.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
All my days were fast paced and I never felt bored or as if I didn't have anything to do. There was a balance of leaving on time as long as you had your work completed. When I was running my category on my own it was slightly overwhelming and very busy at times but I asked for support when needed and it was given, and this wouldn't be the case for every intern.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility, I was able to lead projects including the development of an app the European team were piloting in the UK which was an amazing experience. Your insights and analysis is always welcomed as long as it is backed up and thought through. I had a lot of opportunities to present to senior management which was great.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I learnt were definitely very positive and will help me in the rest of my studies and when I return to the workplace. From simple things like email etiquette to presenting to your general manager are all valuable experiences that I will take away. It is also a great chance to be part of a working team and also interact with wider teams such as supply chain or finance to give you a great overview of how a business works.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was part of an amazing brand who were very energetic and excitable, this made the office a great place to be! There were also lots of socials so you can get to know your team really well!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised and the structure of mid-year and end of year reviews work well. I think in the first half of the year we had lots of training which tailed off in the second 6 months. I would have loved more training during this period on things such as presentation skills, managing upwards etc.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As above in the first 6 months there was a steady training plan however in the next 6 months it tailed off. I did take advantage of optional courses to sign up to where possible but specific training for interns would have been great!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a great chance to continue your career at L'Oréal. It may have change slightly in the future but there is an option to apply for the Management Trainee (graduate scheme) once you have completed the internship. You can also apply for an entry level role after finishing university! It is very competitive but a great chance to work there in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is an intern committee which have sports and social secs which organise socials and sports events/run sports teams. These were well organised and fun including a Christmas Party and summer rounders in the park!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was lucky enough to live close enough to London to live at home during my placement so saved some money however commuting was not great (about 1.5 hours each way) but as I made friends who lived in London it was great to stay with them when we had a social.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in London is great! Expensive but great when you get cheap groups deals or a happy hour!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had multiple sports teams which you could join e.g. Netball, Football, Running club! We also had a book club!