1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
You are given lots of independence and responsibility which allows you to develop a lot throughout the year. Teams are all very friendly and ensure that help is given if needed. You are given lots of projects to work on which, although it can mean that you are always very busy ensures that you have a varied workload, much better than would be expected for an intern.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by colleagues, I often forgot that I was an intern as I was never treated any differently. The team always valued ideas that I gave and if they felt that my ideas needed developing would always give me constructive ways to improve.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Lots of support was given. We had weekly catch ups to ensure that I could talk about any issues I had or discuss where I thought I needed support. My manager was really good at gradually handing over more responsibility as I developed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very Busy - I was never bore did as there was always a lot of work to do. You had to ensure good time management and organisation to make sure that you could complete both day to day tasks and projects.. However, the workload was good as it ensured that I had a varied day and was able to work on lots of different elements of my role. My manager always checked to make sure my workload was manageable.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility in my role, which was great! You really are a valued team member and are trusted to deliver on key projects/launches. My manager was really open to letting me take on anything that I felt confident in doing and would then coach me if I felt I needed help in any areas. The responsibility is really good because it allows you to work autonomously and network with other parts of the business.
You are also given responsibility for your own development, I was interested in other parts of the business and was able to reach out to shadow people in these roles to learn more.
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 developed in this role will help me greatly moving forward. I have learnt a lot about time management and networking. You are assessed across the L'Oreal competencies which provide you with lots of growth in areas such as innovative thinking and people development which are definitely transferable to university and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great atmosphere in the office. Everyone is always upbeat and there is a really laid back culture in terms of working from home or working flexible hours.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was very organised, before starting you are put in contact with your manager so that you can ask any questions about the year ahead and get to know more about the role.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
You have lots of opportunities to go on training days that are really insightful. You are given the same training opportunities as others in the business.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Really appealing - great opportunities for development, however, the graduate scheme is is very competitive.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Office is located in West London so it can be quite expensive, however, the staff canteen subsidised food.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good nightlife, but is expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?