1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Over the ten weeks I was accepted with welcome arms into the company. The team I worked for quickly adapted to make space for me and to ensure I felt comfortable working in their team. I was kept busy, but had constant support whilst completing all tasks as well as there being a large variety of social activities to allow me to meet other interns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team felt more like friends/ family than colleagues. The other intern in my team and I became good friends quickly and the whole of the team took the time to get to know me personally and professionally.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was fantastic. Ensuring she met me every week with 1:2:1 sessions no matter how busy she was to ensure I was happy doing the tasks given to me, as well as answering my constant stream of questions on a daily basis. She encouraged me to follow my passion and inspired my on a daily basis.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy most days but naturally there were some days that are more busy than others. I was never bored and also never had too much work on my plate.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given a fair bit of responsibility during my placement which was nice as it made me feel like I was valuable considering I was only a summer intern. I reported to managers and had to delegate my time as I saw fit.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There were constant learning opportunities for interns and normal employees, L'Oreal organised sessions for us to learn about who we are, as well as basic excel training and learning in depth the programmes used at L'Oreal on a daily basis.
On top of this you could sign up to additional learning classes which you choose depending on availability and desires.
For myself I developed my presentation skills and excel skills, as well as learning more about my personality and how to deal with other personalities in the workplace.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Electric. It was always buzzing! (well maybe not on a monday... but that's normal)
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
HR organised it superbly, everything was pre organised and ran smoothly, learning was organised pre arrival and sessions to get to know other interns to ensure you had friends to talk to etc.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Learning. Time to develop me as a person and help me grow.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Given the opportunity to apply for graduate roles and talent track for more specialist roles.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Good social scene, summer working hours allowed fellow interns to socialise at the pub, or with your team.
Citizen's day allowed a change of scenery and time to spend with your team and interns to get to know them better.
Intern committee to organise social events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Standard london prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
so much fun!
Nothing like I've ever experienced before.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Tonnes of opportunities so throw yourself in - Wednesday morning yoga is a personal favourite.