1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really have enjoyed my placement at L'Oréal. The greatest aspect has been meeting people and forming great working relationships with people here.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did feel valued by most of my colleagues at L'Oréal, but I would say that sometimes the fast-paced nature of the company meant that post-project, we were straight onto the next task without really appreciating the great work we had done. But overall, yes.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management was very good at giving guidance and support when in difficult situations.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on the day-to-day which was great because it meant I was never bored. However sometimes this meant that I was overwhelmed with the workload and strict turnaround times for projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during my placement, and this definitely grew with time. It was great to know that my manager's trusted me and my ability to be able to increase the amount of responsibility and decision-making I was able to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I've developed this year have been invaluable. Things like time management, prioritisation etc. are probably the ones I will carry forward for the rest of my studies and career. Learning from others and on the job learning have been so great here, and also just understanding how workplaces 'work' is super important.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was good in my section of the office. Everyone had good working relationships and got along on a personal level as well as working efficiently together which always makes it better. Sometimes during busy-periods where the pressure geared up in the team it got a little more reserved but that's a natural aspect of seasonal highs and lows in workload.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think it was generally well organised and communication from HR was always clear. I think it would have been good to have a little bit more structure throughout the year rather than just at the start and touch-points with our HR support team, but overall it was good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
It's definitely something you have to take initiative and go out of your way to get involved in, but I thought the learning facilities and opportunities here were great. I did lots of formal learning sessions in the office, but also completed 2 MOOC's through the Coursera platform which was my favourite part and a great thing to offer employees!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Yes, I would love to continue working for L'Oréal, I think the career progression opportunities look great and the entrepreneurial culture is one I really thrive in. I will really miss my team and the whole company while completing my final year at uni, but I hope to return afterwards for the graduate scheme!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes good social scene as it's London, but obviously because there's so many interns and we are all quite spread across the company there's definitely sub-groups that stick together which is natural. My team and surrounding teams were very social which was great because we developed great working & personal relationships.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
With it being London, obviously hugely expensive for someone relying only on the internship salary. However, once you get in the swing of budgeting well, and learning about what's free to do in London it actually becomes really easy to live on that budget and have a great time doing it.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great - loads of nightlife in London, but just quite expensive which is the only downside. Coming from a smaller city, I had to get used to the sometimes 30-45 minute journeys to good bars and clubs but that's normal for London!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes a few, mostly sporty though and as a non-sporty person that wasn't too appealing!