I am very involved with the Professional products division and looking after the owned social channels.
I support with content creation and going to events as well.
My role involves reporting on statistics and supporting with social strategies.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my year here at L'Oréal.
The amount of responsibility and opportunities you get here is outstanding and so much more than what I expected!
That said, this was also the hardest year I have ever gone through. Working here takes a lot of dedication and hard work, so expect to put it as much as you want to take out!
It is so worth it though!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have had the honour of working amongst so many different teams throughout my placement.
It is really nice to get the opportunity to network and get to know colleagues who have had so many years of experience within the industry.
Your colleagues expect a lot from you, so you should be prepared to be very accountable and adaptable as soon as you start.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was very lucky with my line manager to get a lot of support.
It is support which is needed and they won't give it to you unless you raise an issue.
You need to make sure to flag an issue to management and then they will be willing to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning myself and a lot of my fellow interns felt overwhelmed with the amount of work and responsibilities.
That said it gets a lot easier as you learn to manage your time!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
SO MUCH RESPONSIBILITY.
If you aren't prepared to work hard and have pressure then this may not be the place for you, but you could amazing opportunities and so much value to the company.
L'Oréal treat you as though you are a full time employee.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt so much more than I could have imagined.
Not only this but my role at L'Oréal has inspired me to change my modules at university and has also inspired my dissertation!
I feel as though I could work anywhere now and easily go straight into a full-time job.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office has a very work hard ethic.
As everybody is so busy and has so much responsibility it is quite hard to have chances for team away teams and bonding etc.
There are loads of opportunities to network with your fellow interns though and you can also go for a casual coffee and chat upstairs.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The process is quite smooth however like anywhere and any internship there is always changes to your role and the process. (To be expected)
The graduate application process got re-furbished this year, so this was a last minute change but despite this everything else is very well organised!
Can not express how fun the work is though!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There is soo much training on offer and the company is always willing to invest in a skill you want to develop if you explain why and show how it will progress your career and benefit the company.
I have personally grown so much and developed so much more confidence - one of the biggest and hardest things was to learn time management and learn how to say no. These are definitely skills which I can carry onto my next role.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am currenlty, in the process of applying for the graduate scheme. This means that (fingers crossed) I will be able to return here after my last year of university.
My role has meant that I don't want to leave and I really can see myself working here full time.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
At the start there is a really good social scene.
That said everyone soon becomes very busy and immersed within their roles, so there isn't as much chance to socialise after hours.
I would recommend moving in with other interns as it is a great way to stay connected with the social scene.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As L'Oreal is in London, the cost is to be expected of living in the capital.
It is very expensive but you soon learn how to keep costs down (bring in your own coffee and lunches)
Also travel can be expensive so if you have the option live as close to the office as possible.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife is amazing!
There is so many places to go in London. The trouble is you sometimes don't have time to explore London.
Make sure to take advantage and spend your weekends visiting different areas and different parties/clubs and festivals. Be on the lookout for cheap last minute tickets too - they are everywhere.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities within work and I have got to travel to so many amazing places (I got to go backstage to London Fashion Week)
Opportunities outside of work are what you make of it - if you want to do something in your own time then you will have to find that for yourself. - It's London so there is so much you can do!