1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The Walt Disney Company has been a great company to complete a placement year with and I have thouroughly enjoyed my time here. I have been given responsibility and feel like I have learnt a lot over the year. I would recommend Disney to anyone looking for a placement year,
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have definatley felt valued by my colleagues as they trust me with a number of tasks and always appreciate anything I help them out with. I have engaged in one to ones with my managers and they have been able to provide valuable feedback to me. Regular team lunches and outings also enforce feeling valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I think support was always there when I needed it. My managers were always happy to answer any questions I had and I never felt like I was annoying them. I have engaged in one to ones with my managers where they would support both my personal life and work life.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The level of work I had would change depending on the time of the year (quarter end and year end were always the busiest periods). If I was ever stuck for work, I would ask the team and there would usually be somthing to help out with. There were periods of being quite bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think I had quite a high level of responsibility as you are left to manage your own time and complete tasks to deadlines without being constantly monitored by your manager. Some of my tasks also felt like I had responsiility due to the nature of them which made the role more interesting.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I definatly learned a lot of skills whilst bein gon placment. Excel skills have improved a lot which I can apply to Uni and future jobs. I have also learnt a lot of soft skills which will assist me in my final year and into graduate jobs and interviews in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere is very casual and not corporate. This makes the work environemnt much more relaxed and enjoyable. The people are very welcoming and friendly and so add to this atmosphere. It is generally quite quiet so easy to get on with your work but not an eery silence.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the placement was quite well organised. The start consisted of a handover period with the previous intern to learn the role. There were then multiple trainging sessions to futher learn. I think the role could be improved by the integration of work shadowing or role rotation to make it more interesting.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was enough training and investment by the company into the interns to feel appreciated and like I have learnt somthing. But I think the company could have done mor to develop the role once you had learnt all of our basis tasks. I think as the placmenet is just a year long, the company don't want to invest much more money into training you beucase we are going to leave.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to come back to the company when I am older and in a managemnt position. The company doesn't offer graduate schemes so I woulsn't want to come back after university. As the company is also so big, I feel like it would be hard to work up to a senior position.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are around 200 placement students at The Walt Disney Company so there are lots of people to get to know. A lot of poeple live with fellow placement students during their time here also. Some events such as an intern ball were also organised over the year to involve everyone.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I work in Hammersmith in London so obviously the cost of living is quite high. The cost of food and drinks is a lot more than what I have been used to living in the North. The company does have discounts in restaurants, shops and bars in Hammermsith which is a beneft.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife is okay. Central London is about 20 minutes on the tube away from my work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The company has a lot of volunteering opportuniities.