Support the trade sales team in the Disney Destinations department.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my time at Disney, there are always exciting things going on! The department I work in has 11 interns which means there is a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere. My team are really nice and supportive as well which also makes the work fun and interesting.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team are always very appreciative of hard work and always try to include me in meetings and events, allowing me to get involved in lots of different things. In my department you often get the opportunity to work with people in different teams as well who are equally appreciative.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisors/managers are always more than happy to answer any questions that I have and provide me with support with many tasks. This is the same with my wider team whereby I know that I can ask any of the members for support with something or to check something over for me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
How busy I am on a daily basis really varies depending on what is going on in the team. At some points there are many events taking place which means I can be quite busy with lots to organize. At other times it can be less busy - however I never have nothing to do and I am never so busy that I feel very stressed out.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I believe that I was given a good level of responsibility on my placement, whereby I was able to gain experience in areas that I have never explored before. I was able to liaise with 3rd parties, help out on important events and deal with reporting for internal and external use.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have developed on placement will assist me to a certain degree in my studies when I return to university. I think mostly in the time management and prioritization area, as being on placement is a lot more structured than the usual university day, and this will be really beneficial to my final year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is really friendly and relaxed. There are a lot of people in my department so it never seems dull - it is also covered in Disney plush everywhere! I feel comfortable to talk to anyone/everyone and it definitely does not have a strict corporate atmosphere which some other offices may.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was the first intern in the role that I am doing, but the team still gave me a full handover document and made sure I knew how everything worked and all my responsibilities. My team also discussed what I wanted to achieve from the placement with me when I started.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I did not receive any extra personal training besides from my normal day to day job - this is something that I think would have been really beneficial for the interns. We did have a member of the team give us a session on CV and interview tips which was really useful.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would definitely like to return to the organisation in the future, however the company does not offer a formal graduate scheme. There are some people in my department who have returned from internships, so I think it is just a matter of the right job being available for you.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a very good social scene in the department that I am in as there are 11 interns here, and there are loads of interns throughout the building. The Christmas party was really fun and sociable! The interns in my department often do things together, however I have not really had the chance to interact with interns from other areas of the business.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I did not live in London, I chose to stay at home and commute to work. However, the cost of the train was really expensive (but cheaper than living here). Socialising in London is always going to be pretty expensive, it is just about finding the right places to go!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are a few nice pubs and bars in Hammersmith, however the nightlife is not that great. But it is however, easy to travel to more central parts of London on the tube from here where there is a great variety of things to choose from in terms of nightlife!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I have personally not had any opportunities to get involved in activities outside of my work. However, I do know that there are other people in my team have got involved with some things outside of work such as joining the netball team and playing in matches against other local companies.