1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was such a great company. Everyone I worked with and met were very welcoming making for a great work environment. It is a company which is eager to be at the forefront of technology and travel which makes the work very interesting and highly impactful. There are lots f social opportunities as well- especially with other interns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was welcomed straight away and allowed to sit in on very important meetings from the very beginning. This allowed me to learn quickly how things worked and feel like a part of the company during my time there. As well as this, my team always encouraged me and gave me great feedback on my work. My development was clear at the end of the internship and I also made some great friendships.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt very supported during my time there. Not only did I attend professional training courses but I also knew on a day to day basis I could easily ask anyone for help. My managers actively looked for opportunities for me to get exposure to different parts of the business by setting up meetings with people from different areas. this also expanded my network, allowing me to feel more a part of the company.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This fluctuated daily. However, I always had something to do and the things I did do were meaningful. I always had on going projects going on in the background, so on quieter days i was able to get on with this. Other times exciting things would come in for a quick turn around. My team was very collaborative so we would all pull together to achieve the necessary results on time and to a high standard.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Considering I was only there for 3 months I was given a good amount of responsibility. This included being a part of meetings with external stakeholders and contributing to these discussions. Additionally, overseeing correspondence about a project with the data analysts. It can be daunting going from education to the workplace, however, I was encouraged to believe in my abilities.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Everything about this internship was directly transferrable to my future. Not only did I get to see my academic knowledge be put into practice, I also learnt about the forming business strategies and proposal decks. My skills on Excel and powerPoint improved a lot and my managers actively made an effort to teach me these life skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
it was great. From breakfast to keep you motivated for monday mornings, to office wide Friday Quizzes with cakes. As well as this there is a fully stocked drinks fridge and TV screens to play Fifa or watch key sports matches. This created such an environment where people worked hard and felt valued for their excellent work. People were very social.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
i got lots of training. From attending an external course in TV and media buying, to completing an online course in Agile Marketing. My team actively looked for opportunities which would improve my CV and help me learn. They also organised one on one sessions with experts so I could learn how to use the key databases.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Great. The process was great because everyone encouraged and supported me in thinking about what my next steps would be and how the company could best support me in this. I had open conversations with my team and HR. This great supportive atmosphere really attracts me to returning to the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are great events organised by HR, in some really awesome venues across London. They encourage you to get to know each other and as well as these organised events we interns often met for lunch and things. There is an office wide instant chat which makes it so easy to plan things.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It is Central London so things will be quite expensive. But, this also means a lot of options. Travel to different parts of London is super easy so there is endless choice no matter your budget (if you are willing to travel accordingly). A lot of interns flat share and managed to find places near the office for affordable prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?