1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement as Loreal, it really aided in both my professional and personal development. I got a lot of responsibility in my role which really pushed my ability to make decisions based on my own initiative. This helped me gain confidence in my personal ability. I believe Loreal has really prepared me well for working life.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given responsibility above and beyond the role of intern which made me feel very valued. I was always treated with respect and given clear and constructive feedback from my manager.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I never once felt like I couldn't ask a question if I was unsure or that something wasn't worth asking. My manager often helped me to come to a decisive answer on my own which was very helpful as my responsibility progressed. My manager made time for regular catch ups where she always gave me clear objectives and advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I never felt overwhelmed and often if I did have a lot of work my manager gave me ways to be more efficient and deal with this.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was actually given a whole brand to look after, so luckily I got a lot of responsibility in my role. I think this is luck of the draw as to what you get, but if you ask for more they will always be happy to advice what you can do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt so much about how to work effectively in a big corporate company like Loreal. I've learnt how to deal with different personalities, manage efficiently and capitalise on my skills. All of which can be applied to make my studying more effective and are applicable in later life in the working world.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The team was great. There is a good social aspect at Loreal, everyone is friendly and willing to give you time.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well structured and I always had something interesting to do. I never felt like an intern more that I was in an operational role.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There are so many opportunities for personal enterpirse at loreal. I attended a number of learning courses that were set up for all employees.
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?
We have had great gudence for our application for the grad scheme and it often seems that a lot of grads are made offers for permanent roles
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was over 100 interns so there were lots of us in the same position. There was an intern committee which set up regular events, in my division there was even a social committee so lots of opportunities to meet people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in quite a high priced area so the cost was higher than normal. This area was quite close to work so I think definitely think about finances before applying to any London placement. However, the L'Oréal salary is quite competitive so lots of people copped fine.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Hammersmith has so many pubs and bars so there's a lot of opportunity so go out if that's what you're looking for.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I think this is completely down to you as a person. London has so much to offer so you have to take advantage of it.