Ran one of the brands social media activity with help of team. Various graphic and web design, corporate and creative opportunities.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed it. As it was my first marketing job I have learnt invaluable skills, working methods and software that I will continue to use for the rest of my life. I also really enjoyed getting to know my team and feeling like we are all have a purpose in the business and that everyone is valued.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Felt really valued. I was eventually given the same responsibility as some of my non-placement colleagues, being able to perform the social media review and strategy myself gave me a real stake in the direction of the brands social media presence for the year. I was trusted with a wide variety of tasks and my team made me feel like an equal.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had weekly placement buddy meetings, weekly 1 on 1's with my manager, monthly catch ups with HR, as well as various training and support from a wide variety of sources. We went on various courses including management of self, presentations skills, advanced excel and various other software training. I always felt happy to talk to my supervisors if I had an issue.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Started off slowly but as I got more experienced my workload began to increase. I chose to take on as many opportunities as I could, which really pushed me and helped me progress. The only problem was at times I took on too much and had to learn to say no. My manager always said you get what you want of the placement and I believe this is true. Different interns have different skillsets meaning jobs can be specialised and shared through out thew team to get the best out of each member. For a while I was taking work home with me, but my manager also made sure that I didn't do this and kept up my hobbies instead. They are big advocates of the work-life balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
This built up over time, but I never thought I would have as much responsibility as i do now. All i can do is thank my manager for believing in me and challenging me to constantly improve. My responsibilities are often equal to some of my superiors and this has given me so much more confidence and allowed my skills to progress.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My understanding of marketing has improved so much after being able to apply it to real world situations. I am excited to see how I can use this in future uni work, as well as the placement project that I have chosen to apply to the company - providing insights for both myself and BSH.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very enjoyable environment to work in. The office is often exciting and collaborative, whilst also giving you time to work on your own projects when needed. I really like my team because we have a lot of common interests and we have a big vested interest in each others success.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised. At times updates could have been quicker, but for the most part the placement ran very smoothly and this really helped me progress.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
At the beginning I felt guilty, as the company gave me so much support and help that I felt it was using up a lot of other peoples time. However, I now understand how useful this was, and I have more than paid back this time with the projects I have worked on.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Looking to return for a graduate year as I feel I want to contribute further onto the progress I have made with one of the brands in my year so far. Being an intern definitely helps your chances of getting hired as an actual employee - would definitely recommend if you are interested in the company long term.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I got to stay in one of the Intern houses which meant we were able to regularly go for a drink, meal or meet up. Met some friends that I definitely want to keep in touch with afterwards. There was a really friendly atmosphere and had a great time meeting a lot of people from all around the world.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not very expensive at all. MK is easily connected to London, however so you can spend as much as you would like really. There is a Lidl very nearby (10 minute walk) so it was easy to get the weekly shop at a good price. There is also quite a few nice pubs on the high street.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Pretty good if you like pubs and smaller venues. There are more clubs in the centre of MK and Northampton but we didn't go out very much to these. If you are really interested in clubbing you can get the train to London very easily and cheaply so don't worry.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes definitely, there was football and various other clubs on mondays, many of the employees also go to the gym. There is also a really nice country park across from the intern houses which is really nice to go running and walk around. There are also bands that play at some local venues such as MK11 and the Marshall Arena which some of the interns go to.