I think that the insight day was very helpful, not only did it help in terms of character profile building, but it helped us all understand more about Danone and the experiences it has to offer. It also allowed us all to step outside of our comfort zones by speaking to new people and working in teams that we may not usually work in.
We were constantly acknowledged both individually and within a group as both Symmi and Katherine ensured that we involved in group activity and treated as a professional. We were given regular refreshments and unlimited access to the water and yoghurts that Danone provide-I believe that was a very good feature to include as it made us feel part of the team.
What I liked about this experience was that we constantly had current graduates and placement students from different areas of the business as well as subject areas. This was useful as it allowed us to relate to someone our age who had applied to the graduate scheme, and allowed us to get some helpful hints and tips to also apply.
I developed many skills ranging from my confidence, to presentation and teamwork skills through the various activities that we were told to do. What I think was very helpful was the insight profiles on our character, I think that has helped me understand areas within myself that I may be more ignorant to, and perhaps now I can use to build and develop further. This includes my ability to carry out thorough research before I come to decision. I think me coming to this insight has allowed me to think carefully about my decisions rather than rushing.
I think that the three days were planned well and it was always clear about what we were having to do and what was going to happen. However, I believe that next time the insight should be done in a better room with a bigger screen, as it was very difficult to see! I also think that on the first day, when we had the 'market stalls' for different aspects of the business was not a good idea. We had far too much time per desk, and the students that were representing that area did not actually work for that part, and therefore did not have much to say about that area. Maybe next time get people who actually work in that area and give a shorter amount of time because focus was lost very quickly! Also, on the last day we didn't need two hours planning, we needed max 40 mins.
It was a very fun, positive atmosphere throughout. Every single person we met was very friendly, and very thoughtful. I think we were treated as professionals and also given the guidance we needed. Even people that worked for the company who may not have necessarily been part of the Insight treated us very kindly.
I think we were always spoken to as a group, however the insight character profiles was probably the only personal development and training that we received. I think that was more than enough though as that was applied to a wider and more general context, and things specific to how a brand manager should behave and act, and the things we should be looking out for and acting upon was made clear to us in presentations. Maybe it would be better if we could be given those slides so that we can retain that information better?
I think just walking into the company itself gave us an idea of just how fun, undiscriminating and positive the working environment really is. I think that even by hearing about the company's culture and values we could see this behaviour through the way that the people treated us. We were also able to speak to many people that worked in the firm, therefore this allowed us to actually understand the exact tasks that were on hand and that they may do on a day to day basis.
A lot! I had previously researched a lot about this company, so hearing it in person again was a confirmation of just how health driven they really are. I think hearing about the smaller business areas and speaking to the people that worked within them was also very helpful because it allowed us to actually hear about why these sector were so important to the company as a whole, and to why this helps the company grow.
I think the content was very valuable not only in context to the firm, but to any other working experience we may fall into in the future. This experience allowed us to learn skills that will be transferable to other careers, and it also allowed us to understand the steps and application processes that go behind grad schemes, and how we can go about applying for them.
We were given a £100 voucher for becoming a brand Manager, as well as being reimbursed for the food and travel expenses. I think this is a very good idea as it shows us how the company is looking after each of us individually, and also shows how accommodating this company truly is.
As I have mentioned in my previous answers, during each lunch time two different graduate employees came to join us, and we were able to speak to them freely. On the first day we met at least 3 employees from each sector of the company which not only gave us an opportunity to learn more about the company, but for us to ask and voice our own questions and concerns. We also got to meet two brand ambassadors who also did the job that we did, and who are now working for Danone!
They were very good! I did mention previously that the only event that I believed was too long and was too much socialising was the 'Market Stalls' section, but other than that all of them were very good. We all had an equal opportunity to speak to employees and someone was always there for us to speak to.
There are so many! Not only were we shown the business park where there are many opporunities to play basketball, table tennis, and to socialise near the lake, but we were also told about outside opportunites, such as a company 'World Cup' event that the organised to go to different countires and play football! We also got told that teams would go out for meals and drinks which sounds very nice!
I think if my friend was interested in business or marketing or sales then yes! It was brilliant, I can't praise it enough.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
6th September 2018