1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my year long placement at Asos. I have learnt so much throguhout the year and gained a much deeper undertsaning of the buying process and the BA role. The working culture at Asos is fantastic and it is a very fun and excviting place to work. I have learnt more in this year placement than in 3 years of uni so far.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have felt very valued by colleaugues. Both teams I have worked with have been quite understaffed so I have been required to takje on the full BA roll to assist, and all colleaugues are very appreciative of this and understanding that I have no previous experience.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have been given lots of support by my Assistant Buyers on both teams I have worked on. It has been difficult at times to get guidance and 1-on-1 time with my Buyer as her workload is so high, however AB's and BA's have been incredibly supportive and are there to help whenever I need.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This has varied drastically between the two departments I have worked on. On my first team, I wasn't that busy as the team had a larger headcount and a lower option count. I was busy enough not to be bored but never felt stretched. My second team has a much much larger option count but fewer permanet BA's, so I had to really step up and my workload increased dramatically. I have been happy with this thoguh as it has allowed me to really push myself and I have far more responsibiity here than on my previous team which I am very grateful for. This bveing said, if I did not have the 6 months experience form the first team, I don't think I wouldv't been able to cope with the workload here whilst still getting to grips with the role and Asos.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been given the full responsibilities of a BA and have never felt like I am being lower tasks due to being an intern. I have really appreciated this as it has given me a relaistic view of the BA role, and made me very eager to begin a career in this field.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have decided I will not be retruning to uni so althoguh I will not be completing my degree, I have learnt invaluable experience this year that has set me up for a career in Buying. I feel very fortunate to have had such a great plaecement year which will greatly help me now begin a career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Again this varies from department to department, but generally the office is very fun and relaxed. There is always music playing and a postiive atmosphere which makes you feel very at home from day one, and helps to elevate the pressure of it being a first job, which was a concern for me coming straight from uni. There are also really fun perks like Friday drinks at the end of the month adn the amazing Summer and Christmas parties!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The intern scheme is very well set up, with monthly development sessions with our amazing intern programme leader Rachel which show other areas of the buisness to us to ensure we come out of the year with a well rounded view of the business. They have made further improve,ments for next years interns including a taster day between accepting the placement and beginning it, which would have been very beneficial for us.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Asos have been very invested in our developemnt, with the intern sessions and allowing us to attend academy sessions or training offered to full time Asos staff. Some of the staff I have worked with have really invested in me too, spending time to help me with not only strictly work issues, but when I wasn't sure if I wnated to go back to uni, and even helping with mky next steps now the placement is done.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They have been very careful not to give us any information until after the placement ends, which is a little tricky for me as I am not returning to uni and need to begin full time employement straight away. There has also been a very bad breakdown in communication regarding how we would want to register interest to come back, with the intern programme leader and the two buyers I have worked under all giving me different information. I have been very lucky in that the person I spoke to on the People team was incredibly helpful, as has my Assitant Buyer, however this had to be done off my own back by emailing and asking them, rather than throguh the intern porgramme. Through the People team, I was able to get the name of the temp agency Asos use, so I am now applying throuh this agency to return to Asos as a temp.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a bit, however as we are such a big group and spread across all functions of the buisnesss, it is quite divided. We have a facebook group esatbalished at the start of the year, but it wouldv'e been nice if there were events arranged for us at the start of the year to bond more as an intern group.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I didn't know the are before I moved for the job, I just chose a location very cklose to the office, so cost of living is very very expesnive and I haven't been able to do much socialisnt ubnfortunatly at all this year.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I haven't experienced this at all as I haven't been able to afford it althogub camden looks fun if you have the money
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some away days which were really fun, and some team mebers are part of sports teams organised by work, though it isn't always clear how you sign up for these.