1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I absolutely loved my time at Adobe. The team were so warm and welcoming throughout my whole year there. I felt that I learned something new everyday, and now that I am back at university I am relating it all to my degree. I would recommend this placement year to anybody.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like one of the team throughout my whole time at Adobe. They valued my opinions just as much as the next colleague. I was never made to feel inadequate because I was an intern. I still speak to a few of the team now and I think I made some friends for life.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had many supervisors during my time as an intern, therefore it was difficult to know who to go to at times. But I was always looked after by the team if they could tell I was struggling. I was definitely thrown into the deep end, but that taught me more than a easy experience ever could.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning of my Placement Year, I did find myself twiddling my thumbs at times as I did not have a lot of responsibility or work to do. But once you gain your teams trust, the work doesn't stop! If you show an interest to get involved, the work flow is constant :)
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given more and more responsiblilty by the day! I never thought as an intern I would be trusted with much, but you are valued just as much as any other team member. Your team rely on you and trust you to complete tasks to the highest of your ability everyday.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learned a lot about the marketing industry, but hands down I learned more about myself this year than anything else. Placement Year's push you to your limits, make you think outside the box and really show you who you are. I will carry my Placement Year experience with me for the rest of my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office I was based in was quiet a lot. There wasn't really a fun atmosphere, but the people I worked with and the friends I made on my floor are the reason I enjoyed work. So when they were working elsewhere or from home it could be quiet. But the quiet was handy for when I needed to get my work done!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My placement was organised overall but sometimes it was unorganised. I think this is due to the busy nature of the work environment I was in. My last two weeks of work handing over to the next intern was unorganised, but I had a lot of responsibility it was difficult to transfer all of it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had regular safety and employee training but not a lot of personal development training. This is probably an area to improve on for the next intern. It would have been interesting to develop my personal skills a bit more through training and to have evidence of it with a certificate.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very. Adobe really look after their employees and care about their mental health, not just their physical health. I think I may struggle to find a future company that look after their employees as well as Adobe do. If they had more offices across the UK I could see myself working there for a long time.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Not really, there weren't that many interns in my office. Even though we knew who the interns were, we didn't really come together as a group. We all made friends within our teams and outside of work. HR did try to bring us together throughout the year but it just didn't click.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive! Being from the Midlands it was a shock to my bank account to move to the south for a year. I was on a very good yearly wage, but it soon decreases after your rent is paid. It was hard to save throughout the year but the experience was more important than the money!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was one club in the town I worked in, it was horrendous. My biggest advice to someone moving to a smaller town is to move into a house share with other young professionals. If it wasn't for my housemates I think I would have been so bored at weekends!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not too much. A lot of my collegaues lived a fair drive away from the town I was working in so it was important for me to make friends outside of work on my own.