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1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my time at Johnson and Johnson. I found the work to be very interesting with also a great culture within the company. Everyone is very willing to help you progress and support you in any career choices you would like to make. There is a good trade off between getting support but also giving you responsibility.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Through out the whole year I have felt extremely valued at Johnson and Johnson. This has been expressed verbally directly to me and also through feedback from business partners to my manager. I have also achieved monetary awards acknowledging my value to the company. I have always felt like my opinion is respected and my ideas are valued despite only being a placement student.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manger gave the perfect split of support but also providing me with Independence to take responsibility. She would actively encourage me to take on more responsibility and would offer different opportunities where I could step up. Alongside this she would also be there to support with any questions and be there as back up if I needed any assistance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There are busy times and also quiet times. There is always something to do if you are willing in the way of training and resources to learn more about the company to gain a more holistic view. So during quiet times you can work on self development but there is also busy times where you may have to stay later than normal to finish your work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given as much responsibility as I was willing to take. The opportunities were always there and my manager would actively encourage me to take on more responsibility if the opportunity presented itself. It was also stated at the start of my placement if there is anything I would like to do just ask and they will try and make it happen.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have found the year extremely useful for so many reasons. I feel I have gained really valuable skills which are applicable to all companies like an advanced understanding of Excel. But also I have gained a better work ethic which I can take into my final year on university. I have gained a much larger network of people who I can use to help when I am looking for jobs in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I am working in finance which is a quieter department than others so it tended to be very focused on work. But the atmosphere was always happy and people were willing to help. Everyone who I came across was always very relaxed and tried their best to accommodate me and help me understand anything I was unsure on.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The official placement didn't have much to set up. The quality of the placement was very heavily dependent on your manager and their views of how they want you to develop. I didn't find there to be much instantiation across different placements. However for me I found the placement to be very well organised by my manager.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was always opportunities to develop with lots or training which you could attend as well as online training. My manager also asked for the goals I would like to achieve throughout the year so that we could ensure I reach all of my personal development goals. I was also introduced to senior managers to really devlop my network.
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?
I would very much like to come back and work for Johnson and Johnson as I really enjoy the culture, the people and the work life balance that the company has. The graduate scheme that Johnson and Johnson provide is one of the best and the investment in your development is extremely high.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was nothing organised by the company but if interested the placements would meet up over the weekends and go out together. All placements had the same lunch hour so it meant we could all sit together and talk during the day. The social aspect is as good as you're willing to make it.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was right next to a big town so there was always something to do. Housing was on the more expensive side of what it could be but not too bad however it is still easily covered by your salary. Johnson and Johnson also provide a bus service from the station so that helped save money.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Where the offices are there isn't much of a nightlife however we are not far from a big town which has everything you would need to meet up in the evenings. The area the offices are in is definitely on the quieter side but with good transport links you can live slightly further away in a bigger town.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Finance is not the most social department and out offices didn't have that many out of office activities. There were some but not as many as other department or other offices. There was football once a week and a big day out at the end of hthe year but that is about it.