1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at L'Oreal. I was given so much responsibility throughout my internship which really allowed me to really grow as a person and become more confident. As well as having a good work life, the social life was good too. My team and the friends I made while at L'Oreal made my time there extremely enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues throughout my internship. I knew that if I wasn't there, things wouldn't get done and people were depending on me. People at all levels would come to me for my advice and opinion which was really empowering and gave me so much confidence in my ability.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager could not have been better. She supported me throughout the entire internship, but without micro-managing me. She knew when to guide me and when to let me work things out for myself so that I could grow as a person as opposed to having things done for me. The perfect balance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There's never a boring day at L'Oreal. There are always things to do. My manager managed my workload so that I never felt overwhelmed, however there would always be tasks that I knew needed doing. My to-do list never reached an end, but I saw this as a good thing because it meant I was never bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a huge amount of responsibility at the end of my internship, more than I ever thought I would. At the beginning I still had responsibility, but not to the extent I have had towards the end as my role has developed and so have I. The amount of responsibility grew as I learnt new skills, but I was completely ready to take this on.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Although my placement has been very different to my degree topic, I have learnt a lot about prioritisation which will definitely help me in my studies and in the working world. I have also developed my people skills as I have learnt how to interact with people in the work environment. My experience has been invaluable in terms of development as I have become so much more confident in myself.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was good. There would be stressful periods where it was a bit more tense (not too often) but overall the atmosphere would be a good working atmosphere. People generally enjoy collaborating and are open to helping each other, whether that be in meetings or at somebody's desk which also had a positive effect on the atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was organised and set up very well. There was a handover week at the start of the internship where the previous intern helped me get used to both the role and L'Oreal in general. I will also be handing over to the next intern for a week at the end of my placement to ensure there is a smooth transition.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended multiple training sessions, both for personal development and workplace skills. I was able to choose the sessions I wanted to go through and there was a wide variety to choose from. I was able to tailor these to my strengths and weaknesses in order to get the best out of them. These sessions were really useful and I learnt a lot from them.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to continue working for L'Oreal. After my internship, there are many opportunities to come back in the future which look to be positive, such as a variety of graduate schemes. There are jobs which may be on offer should the graduate scheme not be the route taken. Either of these would be great options from what I have seen.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I have definitely made friends for life at L'Oreal. We do things regularly, both after work and at weekends. We also had an intern social around Christmas where all interns in the company all got together for a night. It would have been nice to do more things like this throughout the year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was quite high compared to what I have been used to in the past. However, I expect that it is a bit cheaper than central London due to the fact it is closer to the outskirts. Socialising is generally quite expensive and it is often the case that people travel to central London to socialise due to a wider variety of choices there.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife around L'Oreal is almost non-existent, aside from pubs which are popular. However it is often the case that people go to central London for a night out anyway as it is easy to get back home afterwards and it is generally better there. There is also a lot more choice when going into central London which is nice.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I got involved in a netball team after work which I really enjoyed doing. It was really nice to do something different after work aside from going to the gym. There are many gyms around L'Oreal so plenty to choose from in that respect. I also went to a few yoga classes provided by L'Oreal. Other than this I didn't get involved in anything else and I'm not sure what other opportunities there were.