This year was a year of growth and development where I had the opportunity to experience different aspects of the business and get a real sense of what I enjoyed and what I didn't enjoy. The most important learning was discovering what I really wanted to do as a career in this industry which I never quite knew for sure before.
I felt like I held a lot of responsibility and on the whole was valued by my team who were aware of the pressures and responsibilities I had. This helped as it made me feel I could be open and honest with them when times got more busy and stressful.
I did get the sense that management cared about me and my internship and wanted me to have a very full and interesting year where learning, growth and development was at the heart of my experience. I do however wish I could have the opportunity to explore even more roles and responsibilities.
I was very busy as my role was a very communication based role. People all over needed assets and I had to supply them which involved a lot of hunting, emailing and face to face conversations to work out where assets were. Everyday there was always things to do and be kept busy with.
I was given lots of responsibility due to the fact my team was just two people meaning we had to collaborate and work effectively to get through our workload. I would liked to have more responsibilities which weren't so much email and excel based as it was difficult to stay stimulated as a naturally creative and engaging person.
Just through the job role and communicating with so many people I did get great insight to the industry as a whole but as the EMEA office takes a lot of its content from the US I felt like we were less in contact with direct production and marketing. I did use premiere pro a lot which was handy for a film and television course and I enjoyed working with scripts and pieces of creative.
The office atmosphere was great, everyone is super friendly and there is a real sense of community and exchange. We often shared cake, went for coffee together and did activities like sweepstakers. You can be as sociable or independent as you like and I felt no pressure.
After being given my roles and responsibilities at the start of the year nothing much changed and so the internship felt quite repetitive and "just another day at the office". In this case there was not much organisation needed.
Interns were definitely made to feel part of the Walt Disney Company and you felt special to be part of such a successful, global powerhouse. I got to go on many activities like volunteering and personal development courses which enriched my time here.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Very appealing, there are so many roles at Disney in the UK and beyond and because Disney has so many acquisitions like ESPN and Marvel you feel like the world is your oyster and that there is something for everyone.
I would say this lacked the most, on many occasions I tried to organise activities and social outings but people just weren't interested. I got the sense that a lot of people wanted to keep their personal/ social lives separate from their work lives which is a shame, especially at intern level.
Of course it is expensive to live in London but it is surprisingly more affordable than I though, bearing in mind I made no profit so it was just a case of working to survive but I kind of expected this at intern level. As long as you are careful and economic you will be fine!
The nightlife was great and I had such easy access to all sorts of different scenes due to the accessible tube system. Drinks were very expensive so I had to be careful where I went but there is definitely something for everyone. A lot of the bars here shut super early which is disappointing.
Rarely, outside of Disney there were limited activities that the interns set up like football but that was it. I wish there were more organised activities like a discounted bar crawl etc.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Arts/Entertainment/Media, Marketing, Arts/Entertainment/Media, Marketing
5th June 2019