1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have no doubt that this has been the best year of my life- the insight I have gained and sk
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In my experience everybody is extremely friendly and helped me settle in very easily- you can't walk down the corridor without receiving a smile. We have fortnightly Ted-Talks and an annual Bake Off, all of which build a lovely family-feel.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Although I was expected to work autonomously and wasn't check up upon constantly, my managers and wider team were always there to help me. L'Oreal has a great culture of giving regular feedback, all of which helped me identify what I needed to improve upon.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very rarely was without anything to work on. The culture is quite hectic and at times too much to handle. However once you learn to prioritise your workload this becomes more manageable.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During the course of my placement I picked up more responsibility than I could have ever imagined. The team gave me an opportunity to get involved in more initiatives, which meant that I had a really steep, but useful learning process. As an intern you are really expected to take charge of your responsibilities and support your team and the business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This placement year helped confirm to me that this is the function and industry that I'd like to continue my career in. The exposure and insight into a real business and a practical marketing job - I hope that this will help me in my degree when I study theoretical marketing, as well as with future job applications
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a good balance between work and play - everybody got on with their jobs but we still managed to have fun in the process
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I felt that the recruitment process was a little scatty- my application took over 6 months from application to offer. However once at L'Oreal, everything was well communicated and organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
During my placement I was fortunate enough to go on a few insight days/training courses. However I felt that there could have been more schemes dedicated to placement students in particular.
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?
Hoping to return to the company on the MT scheme
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With +100 interns there was a fantastic social life at L'Oreal. We had an intern committee which organised sports teams, activities and social events. We often go out for drinks with other colleagues (not solely interns) which is great fun
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is quite expensive as a whole, however with the offices being in West London, I felt that it was probably a little more affordable than somewhere in the City.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Lots of nice pubs but not much nightlife in Hammersmith- Chelsea however is not too far away so not really an issue.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had weekly netball, running, football and rounders (in the summer) teams/clubs which everybody was encouraged to join. The social secs of the intern committee also organised regular social events/activities e.g. nights out/ice-skating