1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed working at Johnson & Johnson. I loved their work culture. My team were very supportive and challenged me throughout the year to step out of my comfort zone and reach my potential. The company provides numerous exciting opportunities, from watching live operations in theatre to attending big conferences that enabled me to network and build connections.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues. My team were very welcoming to me when I first started, they spent time showing me how to do the job and supported me throughout the year. They really promoted a team ethos, if anyone made a mistake we were encourage to help each other resolve the issue as a team and not point blame. When the job got stressful, my team were encouraging and supportive and created a fun environment for me to keep going.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was supported well by my managers. My manager changed a couple times in my first few months but I still felt supported and encouraged. Once I had a manager who was staying permanently in that position it made my experience better as we built a strong working relationship, I felt I could go to them with any worries or things I wasn’t sure about and also if I made a mistake I knew I could consult my manager and work to find a resolution. I felt I really improved my skills as a result
of the support and encouragement I received.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would say the nature of the job meant there were busier times of the year than others which meant workload wasn’t always balanced. We went through periods where we were constantly busy and worked over as a result of the heavy workload and demand for the work to be completed. However, there’d be periods where the work lightened and gave time to catch up and work at a steady pace before it got hectic again.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had little responsibility at the start of my placement as I learnt the job. There was a lot to pick up but I felt I did that quite quickly and to a high standard which meant from about 4 month’s into my placement my responsibilities increased to the point that when I left there were projects I was solely responsible for and had to do a detailed handover before I left. I was really happy with the amount my manager trusted me and so gave me responsibilities while I worked there.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have 100% learnt lessons on my placement that will help both in my degree and in my later career. My organisation skills and time management really developed on my placement which will really help with my studies going back to university. Also previously I had struggled in high stress environments, however this changed on placement and I can now work to a high standard under high pressure. This will aid me in both university and a career in management.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My office had a very friendly and fun environment. Everyone knew each other across the different business units and got on well. It was a very welcoming environment and encouraging one. If you had an off day the office environment helped to lift morale and if you were stressed there was always someone to keep you calm and make you laugh. I really enjoyed it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the recruitment process was well organised, though the interviews were very last minute. I found communication about start dates and contracts a little slow. Also the induction period was a little spontaneous. However, the overall programme itself with targets, reviews etc was well organised and my leaving process was well done.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt at the start of my placement personal training wasn’t a priority but when I get my new manager, they really made an effort with my personal development. Sending me on courses and organising different events for me to attend that they felt would benefit me. They spent time finding out my strengths and weaknesses and really encouraged me to do things I wasn’t comfortable with in order to challenge me and see me develop. I really appreciated that.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I feel the graduate jobs are really exciting and they offer competitive packages. However, I feel there graduate schemes are a little limited. They have quite specific business areas they offer graduate schemes for, they could do with more general business and management schemes. The starting salary is also lower than other companies for graduate schemes but they do offer potential for promotion and development in the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The office I worked in wasn’t a busy city and the sector itself didn’t offer many placements so there wasn’t really a social scene amongst fellow placement students. I think a big part of this was that most students were living at home instead of flat sharing and also the company didn’t really do a lot to connect placement students.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I am not aware of the cost of living as I didn’t have to rent a place to live. However, the cost of socialising in the area was very reasonable. There were numerous bars and restaurants that offered high quality for reasonable prices. They also offered student deals on certain nights.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was quite lively. There are two universities in the area which added to the buzz and nightlife. There was something for everyone, whether you’re one for the club scene or just want to relax and chill with friends at a bar or pub you would enjoy a night there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some opportunities but mainly opportunities came from my own team and not offered by the company. My team did various team bonding nights from movie nights to bingo or just drinks and food. So I did have a nice social experience but I didn’t feel there was anything available centrally from J&J