Assisting in ATL and BTL communications for Renault Pro+ vans, Renault fleet and Renault Approved used cars.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Renault really get you involved with the operations of the company, and there are a lot of other interns so you never feel out of place. The office is open so there is plenty of opportunity to converse with other interns and employees from other departments.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got along really well with the other interns and the open office as well as the communal lunch area made it easy to get to know everyone. My line manager really valued my input and gave me a lot of responsibility as he trusted my judgment.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was always available if I needed to speak about anything, work related or not, and he was also understanding if I was running late or couldn't come in for any reason. The open office means it's easy to speak to people above your manager too, and the hierarchy isn't too strict.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were certain days where a lot was going on, especially during special events and in the running up to the beginning of a quarter. However, a lot of the time the job involved waiting for people to reply to emails and it can get quite slow.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Interns at Renault are considered important members of the organization and we are given large and important tasks. I was responsible for coordinating a lot of the campaigns and ads, and even created my own social media competition.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The ability to stay organized and keep on top of things is something I experienced a lot at work and will use this throughout my degree as well as in future jobs. I have also learned the inner workings of marketing in a real company and this will help when in a career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There were plenty of conversations and laughs throughout the day, with the open office space allowing for cross-departmental conversations and meetings.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We were integrated well into the company through induction sessions with the previous interns, as well as formal training sessions with the law department. Throughout the year, we were assigned work based on what was going on within the organization and were treated like full-time employees rather than students.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a couple of classes about advertising law and anti-bribery law, as well as taking online courses in driving safety. We also took part in several induction training courses and handover sessions from the previous interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate scheme isn't for everyone as you're required to work in several different departments, which for some may seem like a waste of time if they know what they want to do. However, there are often internal jobs posted so there is always a chance to try something new.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We often went out on nights out either in Watford or in Central London. Many students also held house parties and pre drink events at their houses so there was always a good connection between everyone. Even at work, we would often eat together and converse during breaks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home so had a much lower expenditure than others who lived in shared accommodation. In terms of eating and drinking out, there are some very affordable cafes and restaurants nearby, but being near London, drinks and some restaurants can be pricey.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The Watford area has a High Street with a large selection of bars and clubs, including Pryzm which can be fun for a work night out. There is also a TopGolf centre in Watford which is a great place to have fun and socialize with friends and colleagues.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a Renault football team which often took part in matches against other automotive companies. This was a good chance to hang out with colleagues and burn off some steam.