I was a marketing intern with the L'Oreal group. My job role was to assist with the needs of the brand team I was assigned to and ensure the marketing activities of my brand were executed seamlessly.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My work placement was extremely rewarding, I felt like I learnt so many invaluable skills that I certainly go onto use later in life after the completion of my placement year. The level of creativity I was given was my highlight, the flexibility in my placement environment enabled me to thrive in the areas that i really enjoyed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues, working in smaller teams means you get to closely interact with other team members and share your experiences with them. This means a close relationship forms with your colleagues whereby they see you as less of an intern and more like a valued member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The extent of support i was given was second to non throughout my entire placement year. If i ever needed help or reassurance my managers and supervisors were always on hand to give me an extra push of encouragement and help where I felt like I needed it and this helped me to overcome any hurdles that came my way.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On a daily basis I was extremely busy, I definitely worked over my set contracted hours but this was partly self-inflicted. I wanted to make sure I was doing a good job and that my work was a high standard so that i could be proud of it. Although working long hours is tough, it was worth it in the end.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
In my opinion I was given a very high level of responsibility for a placement student. Working on a smaller brand team meant that much of the responsibility was shared out equally amongst many of the employees and this was great for me as it meant i was given an equal portion of the responsibility too.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I do think that a lot of the lectures and modules i studied at university were not that relevant to my placement programme, however valuable skills like time management, punctuality, communication and strategic thinking that i have learnt about during my placement year will definitely be useful when i return to university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In general the atmosphere in the office was very pleasant. The division I worked in was very fast faced and dynamic, and although there were times where things didn't necessarily go to plan, the team always maintained a positive attitude and kept their chin up. This meant even in times of adversity there was always a positive atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My placement was extremely well organised. L'Oreal are so well known for their placement scheme and have been doing it for so long the entire year was operated like a well oiled machine. from start to finish the appropriate inductions, trainings and mentors were organised so every student felt well looked after.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Overall I think the company invested a lot into their placement students. I was able to attend numerous external training sessions and meetings that the company paid for, this made me feel extremely valued and prioritised as a placement student.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
For me, these are extremely appealing. I've found my placement year to be extremely rewarding and would be very grateful of the opportunity to return to L'Oreal and continue working there.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, overall the social scene perhaps wasn't as vibrant as I was hoping however this being said their was till a fair amount of offer. I did find however that most social events were more team-based then intern based.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living and working in London was extremely expensive, I have found that this year has cost a lot of money but it comes with the territory and I knew what I was getting myself into when I moved here!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I worked in Hammersmith which was quite far out in west London. There were a few nice bars but overall the nightlife wasn't anything special.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I would say so yes, there is lot's of opportunities to join teams and gyms and a lot of sporting activities. However if this isn't your thing there is also book clubs, yoga etc so something for everyone I would say.