Paid Search and Affiliates Intern working for the .co.uk Luxury division websites driving revenue, traffic and content to our online boutiques to hit revenue targets and increase brand awareness.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The company is run on interns which means you are given a huge amount of responsibility. This can seem daunting at first but if you think you are up to the task and give your all during the year you will have some amazing projects to your name. It can depend on the manager you get and the role you are placed in on how much and how juicy the work is but that is the same with any big company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I worked in a really nice team of about 10-20 people. All were very supportive and although it took me some time to feel one of the team I know value their time and support. Haven't heard many cases of people hating their team/manager and if you are on a brand you do feel like a little family.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was personally really positive and would give time out of his busy day to train me up. He would also give me projects that he knew would look good for my CV and internal recognition. Again, not all managers are this supportive and I very much did get very lucky but due to the nature of the company I believe the average level of support my management is strong compared to more stricter/cut throat companies. Despite their small team HR do their best to keep in contact and support you if needed. You can have as much support as you ask for.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In my team we work really hard but they don't expect you to stay after 5pm unless you have big weeks or launches coming up.My manager worked Sundays and late into the evening which did leave my feeling like I couldn't take lunch breaks but in essence in most roles you can work as hard as you like and the harder you work the more projects you get out of it so its worth the effort. I would rather be worked too hard then be like friends in other placements who have weeks on end of no work and get downbeat about being very bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was the driving force on projects that you can see all over the internet and google so it was exciting. Some interns basically do roles that in other companies would be full time roles so you may be called an intern but you don't feel like one. Again, this can be quite role dependant but as a whole I think if your role doesn't offer it and you want it you can find someone good to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I do a design degree and have been able to use my skills to make some marketing visuals but as it's not that relevant to my degree I wont be able to use what I've learnt in my final year but im sure for someone in marketing it will be invaluable experience not to mention amazing for a CV.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It can be quite loud at times and the office is quite old and not always the best working environment at times of stress but its a very laid back company as long as you work as hard as is needed. Lots of nice people and although I can't compare it to many other places due to my age from friends in other placements it certainly seems like a nice place to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
HR on-boarded well and if you want to get involved they certainly let you. Their are committee roles available such as sports sec and social sec so they make it like a mini uni away from uni. Manager was often too busy to train me as I would have liked but when he did have the time he was very supportive and has given me a lot of skills I didn't have. With a really clear path into a graduate scheme laid out it ensures you have something to aim for and work hard for and you are rewarded for your hard work should you impress.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They will invest in you if you invest in the company. You could turn up and hide away and do very little and get away with it or do a huge amount and make a difference if you want to. If you have the drive then the company seems to be there to help you achieve it.
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?
Currently interviewing for the Management/Marketing Graduate scheme and have just presented my 10 minute pitch to senior members of staff. Was intimidating but ultimately invaluable experience and if successful will look forward to returning to the business after my studies.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Again, its as much as you want it to be. Monthly socials, weekly football team events and a self organised Christmas party. If you are lucky to work on a brand you will often attend launch parties and some interns have been to some amazing places with work. My highlight was attending the Undergraduate of the year awards and getting to Facebook headquarters for training (and just a snoop around!).
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive but coming from a fairly dead university town its been worth not making any profit. Living in London, if only just for a year has been amazing for my personal development and although it took some time to adjust I will miss the buzz when I leave.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Rubbish in Hammersmith. Ok for pubs and the like. London is so big and loads of places to go so just get on a tube and you'll be fine.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?