Working in Trade Marketing but also supporting brand/ design to learn Adobe suite.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
For me, this company offered guidance, opportunity and a work culture that made you feel like part of something. I was able to develop new skills in any area- every department offered their time to share skills and help explore all of the intern's interests.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team was fairly small, but they were like a mini family- I never felt unable to ask questions or share any issues with them. Additionally, the wider company was just as inviting.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was extremely lucky to have support and guidance not only from my line manager, but be mentored by another department when I expressed an interest in their work. My line manager pushed me to try new things and showed a real interest in my projects.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied through the months, but I think this is due to my role.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think I was given a great balance between running tasks and support where needed. In terms of trust, my team entrusted me with design work that went to print as well as running promotions and interacting with many external partners- so at points I did feel majorly responsible!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I recieved invaluable one to one training with the in house designer (where I had zero experience previous), built a portfolio, interacted with hundreds of people, received incredible appliance training (useful also for kitchen shopping in future), and first hand experience of managing projects, partaking in charity events and most importantly promotions for my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Dependent on day, workloads etc.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think that towards the end of the placement the internship became more organised. For me this wasn't an issue, as it allowed my role to develop the way I chose it to, but the initial company induction and introduction to other interns etc, maybe came a little two late (2-3 weeks in).
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to go on internal and external training in numerous areas (at managers discretion) but we were also sent on intern training days at the local college which was fantastic for us!
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?
For me personally, I was not offered a graduate job but several other itnerns were. The ability to move within the company and progress is huge though.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The intern community was large, but soon descended into cliques and little was done to resolve any issues within it. This was the only aspect that I could fault my placement on, but in a workplace there will always be some level of difficulty always getting on. This should not deter anybody from taking a placement.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was fortunate to live in a company house, so a little cheaper but I believe it can be fairly expensive in the area as we are in good distance to London by train. There was not a lot to do in Wolverton without a car so expect to spend a little on travelling around!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Aside from Pinks, which requires a fairly expensive taxi... the nightlife was fairly non existent. Going out in London or just making the most of the Galleon (pub down the road from work) is the only suggestion.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Absolutely. The company offers free yoga sessions on Mondays and many charity events to get involved in; including tough mudder, paid for by the company if you fundraise for the events.