1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement having learnt new skills and improved current ones. Everyone was so nice and happy to help me when I was struggling with work. There were many other interns/apprentices going through the same move so was easy to make friends and become comfortable in the work place. Finally Warner offered many events like exciting volunteer days helping different charities, going to premieres and staff screenings, work drinks where it was interesting mingling with different people from different parts of the company and intern training sessions.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team are very lovely and friendly people who welcomed me very well when I first joined. Over the past year we have grown into great friends getting on well in the open-planned office space and doing activities after work together. It is not all just business, we will joke around and talk to each other about our personal lives in meetings and will go out for meals on occasions during work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My internship at Warner was different from the previous interns in this role as the line manager position was empty majority of the time due to recruitment freezes and unforeseen circumstances. However, even though I had no direct manger the rest of the team where happy to help where they could.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would never be too busy or too bored as I could work at my own pace. There was a continuous task that I could fall back on if I had finished all my projects and reports. There are monthly and quarterly reports that I'd do also I would get given projects to do overtime. These projects are me analysis numbers where I could take my time ensuring everything is correct. When I'd get bored of one project or task I'd simply switch it up and work on a different project. I had a lot of freedom, all they cared about is that the work is high quality, correct and done in a reasonable time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As statement before, I had no direct manger, so the VP of our team had to step in but he had his own work to do so would leave it to me. I took on most if not all of the manger's tasks so I had a lot of responsibilities. The main task was vendor management where I would be the main person dealing with them. For all the bigger decision I'd say my opinion but the VP would have final say.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout my placement I have developed many general skills that can be used in any situation. One of my main issues was verbal communication skills, I didn't have much confidence speaking in meetings and saying my opinion or asking questions. Now, after being in quite a few meetings and understanding the work more I speak much more in meetings even taking the lead in some. This is a key skills that I can use any where within group projects at university or later in my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was very lively. The office space is open-planned making it easier to talk to people and find out who can help. For example I was asking my teammates for something then someone nearby from a different team heard and knew exactly what I needed to do. Sometimes the whole floor will get together, like every Friday after payday there are drinks where we all get together like an hour or 2 before we finish and just chat. There's also board games, ping pong table and a fuss ball table.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The company has been doing this for many years so are well organised and still trying to find different ways to improve. They ask what we think and how they can improve. It was all very organised with many introductions to the company also they had some good intern training sessions which was an added bonus.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Warner invests a lot into each one of us interns, continuously training us throughout the year. They have set training sessions for the interns but also have learning weeks where anyone from the company can attend. These learning weeks have a variety of different sessions from learning Python to German. They have also prepared us for after university about getting jobs.
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?
As they have such a big placement scheme they do not have a graduate scheme however a few previous interns have managed to get jobs here after university. By having such a well-known company on my CV it will improve my chances on getting hired and if I do apply for a job at Warner the internship will help.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was about 50+ other interns and apprentices so there was an extremely good social scene. Even prior to starting we were all added onto a Facebook group chat and there was a drinks meet 2 months before starting where we met our teams and mingled with the other interns. This was intended for us to find housemates as most of us didn't live in London.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was central London so very expensive to what we were use to. My rent wasn't too bad and the work provided a travel expense where they would buy the annual pass and take it out of my wage each month so I barely noticed it. The most expensive things were drinks and food.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Most of the work events drinks were free and outside of works us interns would have house parties so it would be cheaper then going out in London. When we started though it was the world cup and nice and sunny so sometimes work would lets us leave early and we'd go down to the pub for a few pints. After work they pubs are all so lively, I've had so much fun the past year.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Work provided a lot of activities so there wasn't really any need to look outside of work.