- Working with various digital communication methods to implement projects and event awareness.
- Community management of the internal social media to ensure content is being posted but also moderated
-Working with the internal communications team to produce live streams for various events such as the monthly regional briefing
-Design and implementation of print around sites using the pladis brand and another internal branding
- Working alongside HR to ensure the communication of initiatives and projects are engaging and reaching all relevant colleagues
- Working with brand teams to ensure the success of internal launches
- Working with the external communication teams to ensure a flow of communication from what our customers and consumers see to what our colleagues see
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Loved the year I spent with pladis. Was able to experience a wide range of company events, pilots, and projects some from beginning to end giving me the priceless experience I do not think I could get in any other business. I would happily do this year over again. I have worked with some of my favorite brands doing projects I would not have dreamed of a year ago. I also was able to travel and experience some international aspects of a worldwide company. Working with some incredible people as we go through difficult and challenging projects. As well as work with people that take the time to see you for your strengths and weaknesses rather than just an intern.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
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3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
It's something I think you have to chase in any position. My relationship with management has been one of the major highlights. Not only has my own boss been influential in my growth but also I have worked alongside some of the highest positioned people within the business. Working with Directors of various departments to bring some of their own ideas to life. This level of communication from shop floor to a director is something I think that you could not get at any other business and to receive guidance, advice, and support from everyone along the road of my placement. I have been given advice from every possible perspective.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would say this varied. In pladis, you are only as busy as you are willing to push for. The people you work alongside are not working slowly. It's a high paced environment. This means if you ask you will receive but if you sit and twiddle your thumbs you could have very little work. You have to strive for excellence or be left behind in this high paced environment. Constantly having meetings and adding to the conversation adds greatly to your work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot, this was my personal highlight of the placement. They do not treat you like an intern. They want you to experience the most out of your placement which means they give you work that has both success and failures. You need to work your hardest and when you fall you will know but when you succeed you can see the impact. I have worked with people that have been instrumental in some global business change. I have witnessed my own work printed and posted across factories worldwide. I have sent countless emails to thousands of our colleagues as well as work closely with teams to bring instrumental and creative ideas to whole sites. I think pladis are a group of people that are not afraid to take risks but this means everyone has to be responsible and as an intern you are not excused from this.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As a graduated intern this was not as influential on my degree as I had already completed it. However, I think if I did not have a placement whether that was a graduate position or intern position after I completed my degree I do not think I would be fit to work in my field. The experience I gained from a training intern position is too much. You gain a lot of theory and practice while at university. To then put that into practice and see what works, what does not work. What is tried and tested and what has already failed teaches you so many skills in planning and deployment that a university cannot prepare you for. I would recommend an internship or graduate position to every person I went to university with. The skills and training you receive are incredible.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
While at pladis we went through a lot of difficult and long-winded projects. This meant there was a tense atmosphere through a lot of my time at the company. That feeling of pressure all the time. I personally felt like I thrived in this atmosphere but you wouldn't notice this in the team I worked in. Everyone was friendly and brought a great atmosphere to the floor. You couldn't walk around without getting a smile and a hello which was really friendly. The pressure, however, is clear and that high intensity and difficulty aren't for everyone.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
This is something that needs to be improved. The structure is there in the intern placement. The idea of having projects with clear deadlines. However, not everyone started at the same time and some of the timings were a little too flexible. I think to improve all interns regardless of the department should start at the same time and project dates should be set in stone at the start of the year. This would add a little more structure and stability. However, I do have to credit Leigh and Ellis who worked hard to ensure everyone was accommodated for and always helped and answered questions when needed.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I wouldn't say there was a lot of personal development outside of the intern projects. However, with the way the placement was structured that intensity and high responsibility i felt that you were getting development through that high level of good quality experience. I think there could have been more specific training. We did on projects a lot of presentation, personal and branding skills which is good but feels almost a little basic. This is great and gives a nice foundation but they could go above and beyond and give people training that people wouldn't have the opportunity to get anywhere else.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Personally. I am in the position that once I finish my placement I become unemployed. I have had multiple discussions about pushing forward in the company. There are great opportunities. The fact that pladis value the person so much with their skills rather than purely that perfect candidate with the highest scores and the perfect record. That adds a lot of value to yourself if you are a hard worker and willing to adapt and work within their parameters. This means there is a lot of lateral and dynamic movement opportunities within the business working with teams that you wouldn't always think about working for and there are a lot of those cool and interesting opportunities within the business from a future employment perspective.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This isn't really in place. A lot of this is done of your own back and you do spend a lot of time with your fellow students even if it's just via email while doing projects. I do feel this would be hard to put in place due to the widespread nature of the interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I personally lived at home to this didn't affect me too much. However, in this specific area, i would say it's pretty middle class of an area therefore not the cheapest and socialising would probably be of the same level.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are some clubs and nightlife opportunities in the area but you would have to seek it out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again, I think if you looked hard enough there would be. With two universities in the local area, there is always lots going on.