1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement at L’Oréal was the best experience at learning about how to work in a large company and gain knowledge first-hand. I met have met some inspirational people who have taught me about how to be successful in my career. I have been worked on a project from the planning stages through to its successful execution which is definitely a highlight.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my team throughout my placement. As a placement student, you are given a high level of responsibility and your colleagues recognise this. I felt like I contributed towards the projects within my team and they appreciated the time and effort I would put into them.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to the level of responsibility given to the placement students, you are always busy. It can be challenging at first to manage the workload as you're often juggling a variety of projects. But over time, you get better at time management and knowing what to prioritise. I thrive when I'm busy, so personally it worked for me. You do have to put the work in, but the rewards are worth it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From the first couple of weeks you are thrown in! L’Oréal are amazing because the interns aren't treated any differently from permanent employees. You're given a lot of responsibility which makes you feel empowered in your work. You can see how your work builds the project and share the successes of them.
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 during my placement year. From how to present myself during meetings, to managing my time, to dealing with stress. I think I'll be more focused when returning to university, and have new skills to bring to my future career. The experiences I've had this year are invaluable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It's well organised. I think they match you to a role which is suitable for your skill set and interests. I wasn't sure what to expect from my role as it's not with one of the brands, but it's been exactly what I would have chosen. The placements are well established at L’Oréal.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Some training is compulsory and really helps with general areas of personal development. However, what's really good is the additional training courses you can book yourself onto. You can sign up to training on improving your presenting skills or building confidence. You get a lot of opportunities to grow in your role.
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?
They offer two options for when you finish your placement. You can either join onto the graduate scheme or 'talent track'. The graduate scheme is great if you want to try out different rotations and gain a breadth of experience in different teams and divisions. Talent track is ideal if you want to go straight into a graduate-level job in a specific area.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?