1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Had a brilliant time working as an Intern in the childrenswear design department, as part of the M&S Intern scheme. I learnt something everyday, worked with friendly people, and was given a good amount of responsibility in the tasks I was set too. Such a great environment to work in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone made me feel extremely welcome, and seemed interested in what I was doing. If I was ever sat next to someone I didnt know, they would make conversation with me and make me feel at ease straight away. My colleagues also gave me jobs that they would be doing, I didn't do anything that they wouldn't do.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was so helpful, If I wanted to try anything out she just said all I needed was to ask. She gave me the right amount of support, and I knew if I needed help she would be happy to chat. We had catchups every couple of weeks to see how I was getting on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had a few quieter days which is expected, but I would always try and find something to do, and could practice any skills I had learnt. The majority of the time I would be given a couple of tasks that needed doing from my colleagues, and would be focused on doing those.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The right amount, I felt pushed by doing things I hadn't done, but I found because people explained the tasks well I was able to pick them up quickly. I wanted to be challenged which paid off as I learnt so much more. But I never felt panicked by the tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
So much, it has confirmed that this is the industry I want to work in. I feel like going back to my degree for final year, I am able to work at a more industry standard level. This has put me in such a good position for getting employed in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a good level of work and friendlyness and fun which made it a great environment to work in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised whilst working there, as I was informed of all the activities we would be attending, and given meetings such as a half way review to check we had no issues. It was however a long process when applying, and took about 4 months from application to job offer.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended a couple of sessions on project management and career management. They were both beneficial, and the people running them were enthusiastic and made the topic exciting. This was set up specifically for the interns. I was also invited down to the press day for the new collection, and was exciting to be part of that.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very, They have good grad schemes, although I am hoping they have more design ones in the future. For my last year of uni I hope to work towards getting a career there in the future, as I have made good connections with the people there, and hopefully made a good impression.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Everyone on the scheme got on really well, which made the experience easier as it felt like we were doing it together. There were also a couple of social events after work with colleagues which was good as I got to speak to people I dont sually work with, so that helped.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was London prices as I stayed a few tube stops away. I didn't have much money left at the end but I was extremely lucky we got paid for the scheme as I never would have had the opportunity to do this. Living and working in London was exciting.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were really good bars and restaurants around the area, which was a great excuse for socialising. There were also lots along the canal and a few minutes walk away, so lots of choice for after work. It was a great area to work in as there was lots going on.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There wasn't much going on that I know of, although working in such a nice location meant it was great to socialise at lunch by the canals, and also the big screens for watching games. There was always something going on in the area, so would make activities easy to set up.