Digital marketing and engagement intern. Working on Social media, communications and SEO.
I absolutely loved my placement at L'Oreal. As an intern you are given so much responsibility within your job role. There are also fantastic opportunities to get lots of training. You can work shadow others, which gives you experience and you can learn about more than your job role. It is hard work but you get recognition for hard work and it is worth really pushing yourself to learn as much as possible. The company culture, really makes it a fun and diverse working environment which is partly why I have loved working at L'Oréal this past year.
I have really felt valued by my colleagues. My line manager has been nothing but supportive, with treating me like a valued employee. My team has taught me a lot, and always treated me like a long standing member of the team and has given me plenty of opportunities to grow.
I have been given plenty of support. I have weekly meetings with my manager. If I ever have any questions or not sure which direction I am going in, I can ask any members of the team for advice and guidance. Especially, in your first 3 months as you find your feet, everyone is very helpful and they want to help you grow.
I am very busy on a daily basis but it is completely manageable. I knew I would have to work hard and the days go so quickly whilst I am busy. I probably work 8:15-5 every day. I sometimes stay late, but I manage to stay on track and prioritise my work quite well.
I often have to work weekends and evenings at events.
I have been given a lot of responsibility on my placement. A lot more than I would have thought I would have. I have worked with some senior people in my division. Once I was comfortable, I took on my own projects and even trained other people on certain tools we use. For an internship you are given a lot of responsibility. Being an intern at L'Oreal gives you great insight into the working world after university.
This past year at L'Oreal has taught me a lot about routine, organisation and had got me prepared for the working world, after university. There is a lot training I have been given that can help me with university presentations as well. I have learnt a lot about company culture, my job role as well as others. I hope to stay on at L'Oreal after university. However if I do not then, I have learnt so many useful skills and life tools to prepare me for my next step in the industry.
The atmosphere in the office is hard working. It has slowly over the past year become more of a collaboration and hot desk environment which I think is great. There is a fantastic buzz throughout the whole building, and everyone is always helpful and willing to help. Even if you feel a bit stressed there are plenty of places you can go such as the collaboration spaces to take a break or work in a different environment.
Very organised. The recruitment process was handled very well. Once I secured the placement, I was fully informed about when everything was taking place. There are phone calls you can have with HR before where you can ask any questions you may have to give yourself as much information as possible. HR has always been very helpful and supportive with any questions you may have, and they work well with our management .
There are many opportunities. With the 'my learning' app you can sign up to various types of training. There is mandatory training as well when you start which teaches you a lot about L'Oreal and company life. I have also worked on my own projects which has given me huge personal development and responsibility.
The prospects for the future are very appealing. However, it appears very competitive and difficult to get the grad scheme, due to the very limited spaces available. I would say it seems more difficult that getting the initial placement. However, I still will go for it as the grad scheme with L'Oreal is a fantastic opportunity as you rotate between different brands and job roles. This can really set you up for the rest of the career.
The second option is talent track. Where you can apply for any relevant job roles available. This is fantastic if you are more certain on what you want to do. However, it isn't as guaranteed as the grad scheme, and you may not have that job security until you finish university or later.
It isn't as social as I thought it would be. However, it is as social as you make it. As I don't live in London and I commute it can be quite difficult to always be very social. There are 'intern social secs' that run socials throughout the year for the interns. There are intern sports teams that you can get involved in as well.
The cost of living is very expensive in London, which is why I decided to commute and live at home this year. I do not regret this as I have the opportunity to save as well as enjoy London after work and at the weekends. Hammersmith is good as you can get discount in the Broadway with L'Oreal. There is a spoons nearby. However, the rest is normal London prices.
There isn't a huge nightlife scene in Hammersmith. There are a few bars and pubs but no nightclubs that we go out too. I think there are some lovely places all over London that I have been too with my team and with other interns as well after work.
There are plenty of opportunities. My manager always sent out beauty related events that we could go too with our team which is really fun. Social activities are always set up at L'Oreal. You can also help out with charity work which I love because I always took part in charitable work at school and university.