1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was an absolutely amazing experience. I'm so glad that I made the decision to take a placement year, as I feel that I've learnt so many things about work life and the industry that I wouldn't have learnt otherwise. You can constantly feel yourself growing professionally and as a person.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by my colleagues from Day 1. They have always been kind and welcoming, and were especially helpful in making the transition from Uni to the workplace. My department has definitely become my (work) family and I will be sure to keep in touch with them when I'm back at University.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My team and managers are extremely supportive. They take time to explain tasks and never turn down any questions I may have. They are always open to give guidance and even offer to help with future endeavours such as CV building and networking with others within the company, as well as outside such as agencies.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The workload changes daily, no day is ever the same as the one before. It depends on our film slate and the release schedules during that quarter of the year. When we have a few films releasing in the same time window then it can get extremely busy. Even more so when the film is a tent-pole or franchise film. I rarely have a day where I have nothing to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A great amount of responsibility. Interns are truly treated as part of the team. Once you learn how things are done and become comfortable in managing your work, managers often leave you to lead on projects, only staying on copy for reference and stepping in if you request or need additional assistance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I have developed during my placement will most definitely assist me in my degree and future career. Not only are there industry-specific skills that I've acquired, such as digital marketing skills, knowledge of social media marketing, media promotions etc. I've also learnt a great deal of discipline, how to conduct myself properly in the workplace and how to manage my work more effectively.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The overall atmosphere is great and very welcoming. It's generally calm and quiet, but when a tentpole or really strong film comes along, the office is buzzing with excitement. Although it is a professional environment, everyone is relaxed and share conversations of life outside work as well as what they're currently working on.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised. The application process was very straightforward and easy to follow, as were the online video interviews and assessment day. Communication with interns is very clear, and our roles are outlined clearly at the beginning of the year. Internal comms from HR and Learning and Development are also very helpful.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
This is something I was very pleasantly surprised about. This has been a truly amazing year for personal training and development opportunities. Interns have a series of compulsory learning and development sessions to go to throughout the year, which open our eyes to different work personalities and ways of working. On top of this, every intern is also allowed to take part in a training session of their choice, such as PowerPoint or Excel that is funded by the company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Definitely appealing. The organisation has so much to offer in terms of departments, teams and roles. A e benefit of WB being such a global company, is that there is also the possibility of working in different locations across the world. Looking into the production side of the organisation is also an appealing prospect.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, definitely! This is another benefit I didn't expect when applying for this placement. I didn't realise how many other placement roles were available. There are about 50 interns spread across Warner House, Grays Inn Road and Turner House. Many of us interns also live with each other, so we can share experiences inside and outside of work. It's great, it's like having Uni friends away from Uni.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Quite high. I don't think that many of us choose to stay in Holborn to socialise as it's primarily work-focused and being interns, is populated with a higher age demographic. We typically choose to go to places such as Shoreditch or Soho, which are much more lively and often have cheaper options and student deals.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Similar to the answer above, interns don't tend to go out in Holborn as it's not known for its nightlife. There are quite a few pubs in the area but otherwise it's mostly populated by offices. However, it's extremely easy to travel to the areas such as Shoreditch, Soho, Farringdon and Piccadilly by using the tube.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a number of great opportunities to get involved with outside of work. WB hosts volunteer opportunities to help with the environment and charities, such as those that support homelessness. There are also a number of events celebrating women, LGBTQ and more. You also have the chance to participate in races, such as the London Virgin Money Marathon!