1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall, my work placement has been a very positive, and incredibly useful experience for me. It is a hugely exciting company with a whole multitude of amazing brands, each of which is completely unique. My experience has definitely been defined by my team, who have all been really supportive and encouraged me to make the most of my time here.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Although initially I naturally felt quite daunted as a new intern, I quickly developed confidence and felt valued within my team as the projects and tasks I was given became increasingly more and more important to the business. Additionally, as many of my more senior colleagues were once interns too, this helped to put me at ease.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout my time here, I have had 3 different managers. Although this might sound quite unsettling, I definitely gained different skills and insights from each of them. Additionally, they were all very interested in my development and progress, and always supported me when I needed guidance in the work place.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My schedule often depended on the what was going on with the brand at the time. If we had upcoming launches to prepare for, I would become much more busy than usual. Additionally, after my first manager was promoted to a new role, I took on many of his responsibilities which increased my workload quite drastically.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
After my first manager was promoted to a new role, I took on many of his responsibilities which increased my responsibility hugely. As a small brand, I became integral in its running, which has allowed me to lead multiple launches and animations during my year. This has naturally been stressful at times, but equally rewarding too.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It puts the theories and what you have learnt into context. As much as it is important to learn from an academic perspective, you will learn so much more in this practical environment. I think it will benefit me hugely next year, as I will be able to relate the academia to reality.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office is bubbly and friendly, but occasionally quite hectic. However, I know that the different floors within the office are meant to have very different atmospheres, some much more quiet and some much more loud - depending on the different brands on the floor. This provides a diverse atmosphere to the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As this placement scheme has been going on for a while, the process is well organised. Interns have set job roles and responsibilities upon joining, and very integrated members of the team. Additionally, the process of applying for future roles in the company is very clearly communicated to us as interns who may want to progress.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There are lots of opportunities to develop and learn with the company within your teams or on your own. The HR Learning department invest a lot of time and effort into putting creating a selection of courses for employees to enrol onto. The courses are often in person, but many are online for your convenience.
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?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As the company takes on so many interns, there is huge opportunity to make lots of new friends. Within the interns there is a committee elected who organise events and socials every so often so that we can all socialise together. However, I very often socialise with my group of friends regularly from the company.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive but completely normal for London. The wage offered by the company is high enough to be able to cover your rent and live relatively well. Additionally, with a student loan it is not too hard. I would recommend living nearby as Hammersmith has good transport links and is not as expensive as nearby areas.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?