I absolutely loved my placement at Disney. I had big amounts of responsibility which was challenging but exciting. I knew that my job wasn't going to be exactly the same everyday, which made it all the more exciting to come into the office every day. My fellow colleagues are so helpful and were so accommodating in my first few months when I was getting used to the tasks I had to undertake.
I felt valued by my colleagues as I previously mentioned that I had a lot of responsibilities. I was often asked to help out in office events and many colleagues expressed their appreciation for the work I did. Furthermore, I would recieve praise from my team for the work I did.
I would have a catch up with my line manager on a weekly basis which was extremely helpful, especially at the beginning of the placment, as this helped to keep me on track, prioritise tasks and I could ask for help if I needed it. Also, if I was ever stuck on a task or had a challenging request, I knew I could turn to both my supervisor and other people within my team to ask for guidance.
I had certain weekly and monthly tasks I had to do which kept me busy on certain days I planned to perform these. Personally, the department I worked in is a busy one so I always had things to be doing and the tasks varied from day to day so it wasn't monotonous.
Personally, I was given so much responsibility! I was in charge of certain projects, leading them the whole way through from start to finish; this was so interesting to see. Furthermore, I had to perform weekly reports which would be sent to the whole team (of 95+ people) to showcase my department's updates.
I have certainly gained skills that I will take through my final year of university and future careers. I have been able to work with other people in the department to gain other skills, and I'm actually completing certifications which I can transfer to my CV. Personally, I have had a hands-on experience of what I have learnt in theory within my degree. My placement year even gave me the inspiration for my dissertation that I will complete in final year.
The atmosphere in my office is so friendly. Everyone knows one another and many departments work alongside each other on different projects. I know I could go to anyone if I needed guidance on tasks or projects. There were even organised days and nights out withoin teams or with the whole office which were amazing.
Personally, I had a bit of a mishap as HR had put the incorrect start date down on my contract but my department weren't expecting me for a further 8 weeks. However, you would never have guessed they weren't prepared for me as I had a extremely organised handover with the previous intern, all of my IT aspects werre set up for me, and the team were so welcoming.
Like I have previously mentioned, I was encouraged to look for areas of the department which I hadn't experienced before. Thus, I started to create meetings with another supervisor to learn more about their area of work. They then encourgaed me to pursue some training to gain a certification in their area of work, which I can now put on my CV.
Being an intern within Disney is amazing for future employment prospects. As I have gained an excellent rapport within my department, I know that I can come to supervisors in the future for job references and even ask about potential opportunities that may arise in the future at Disney, as they have worked with me previously and can potentially refer me for certain roles.
There was a Facebook group set up for Disney Interns, which had nearly 200 members. I personally got on so well with the interns in my office, often going out after work. Furthermore, the Facebook group allowed me to find others to live with in the area as I didn't know anyone beforehand.
As the placement is based in Hammersmith, the cost of living and socialising isn't cheap. However, there are lots of good places you can find which are more affordable for the area. Personally, I lived very close to the placemrnt which made the year so much easier and didn't cause any stress for commuting in, when I have never lived in a city like London before.
London nightlife in general is good for bars, activities etc. However, as the placement is based in Hammersmith, there's not a great deal going on as the area is very business-heavy with a lot of HQs about. However, transport is great so it's easy to get to Central London or nearby pubs/bars where there is a great night life going on.
Like I have previously mentioned, the fellow interns and I in my department would go out often after work for drinks or activities such as mini golf. I also went out with my team a few times to socialise after work which was lovely to get to know everyone, especially at the beginning of placement.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Banking/Finance, Marketing, Travel and Tourism
24th April 2019