Press Office Assistant Review

by Kia UK Limited

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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I have loved my time at Kia Motors, I've learnt so much and had an incredible time. I've had a lot of responsibility, but have been helped all the way through. I love my department and team!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The press office team is so friendly, no question is stupid and they want to hear your opinion! If you're struggling they're more than happy to help and I've had to do work for directors and even the CEO! I feel very valued. The team here is second to none, I'm going to miss them a lot!!


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was given a lot of support by manager and she was lovely. There were times when I was confused and she would say that it was fine and only because she wasn't explaining herself well enough. She appreciated that I was new and made sure to have weekly meetings with me to catch-up on work and just discuss how I was getting on.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Some days you're really busy (a good thing as the day goes really quick) and some days it's more admin based. However, this role is great as we're often at award shows, fancy dinners and travelling abroad (so much fun!).


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a LOT of responsibility, which was a good thing. It made me feel valued and like they trusted me, I was even given the opportunity to run my own projects.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I think this placement year was the most valuable year I have ever done! I've learnt so much about myself and this industry that will stick with me for life. I've been given a weeks work experience at a PR agency, multiple courses from HR and even was taken to Slovakia for a 4 day training event!


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The office is quite quiet, but there are always things to do! The press team is great, always up for a chat and can usually be heard always laughing. The office is lovely and has so many fabulous perks! Everyone is lovely and stops to talk to you no matter how high up they are.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Kia has been running a placement scheme for years so are very well versed in how to run the scheme. I was treated like a permanent member of staff and not as a student which was refreshing!


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I really think Kia do invest in you, they want you to have as much fun and get a lot out of the placement. Taking us on trips abroad, having a summer event before we started and HR constantly running great courses to take part in made the job even better.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Car

    International Travel

    Company Parties/Events



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Kia doesn't have a graduate scheme, but does seem to hire a lot of graduates if the jobs are avaliable. They've invested in you so they're aware of your name for after university too if the job pops up!


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • The placement students were always around although we didn't work together as we were in different teams we always ate lunch together, did a lot of activities together and went out to bars etc. together.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • It's a nice, expensive area! It is London prices so things can get a bit pricey but if you find nice places to go sometimes it can actually be quite decent and the fact the office is so close to London is great.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Slacking! But, what can you expect from this area really - Kingston and Guildford are closeby and have great nightlife!


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • They offer yoga, football and various other activities to take part in after work for free!


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Placement (10 Months+)

Television/Film/Media, Automotive Engineering, Journalism & Publishing, PR & Communications

South East

November 2018

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