1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I extended my contract so I could stay longer, I enjoyed the feeling of going into work every morning and having a purpose as well as seeing my colleagues everyday.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
We often met up outside of work hours and before I left many of them told me I would be missed.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very supportive when I struggled in my personal life. It helped a lot knowing that someone at work knew what was going on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days are busier than others, often when I've finished all my tasks there will be something else I can do to fill my time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I managed the departments dental brand budget as well as managed a number of POS projects and brand pages on sites like Boots.com and Tesco.com.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I now know coming out of this year what I actually want to do after I graduate. I worked in an area I didn't even know existed but I'm glad I got this role, I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Generally very friendly, people here are quite chatty and open to conversation in the kitchen during tea breaks and on a lunchtime.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Pretty well organised, I had the opportunity to go on multiple training courses. My only reservation was that it was quite difficult to find accommodation when I first moved here, made more difficult by internships starting a different times throughout the summer. However, this seems to have been improved for the next year of interns that have just started.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As mentioned previously, Church & Dwight were very happy to provide me with training, everything from time management to IT to developing assertiveness.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Somewhat, I would be reluctant to move to the area indefinitely. I would look to move somewhere with more going on in terms of nightlife and events at the weekend. I also worked within a fairly small department so it is unlikely there would be a position for me.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
During my year there were 12 other interns/apprentices, most were always very keen to go out and do stuff together on an evening or weekend which made the transition much easier and felt a lot less lonely.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Fair cheap for Kent, my room for the year was £330 including bills, this meant I could save a bit of money to take back to uni.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Folkestone isn't that great, there's a few pubs and bars and in the summer there's the harbour arm. I would recommend going to Canterbury instead if there's a few of you, you can share a taxi home and there's a bit more going on for students.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I'm sure there were but I just didn't take advantage of them, Folkestone is very artsy and so there's quite a few art classes you can take part in. As well as there being a large sports centre between town and work.