1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was given tasks to complete on my own which was a great opportunity considering I've only been here 10 weeks. L'Oréal really try to match people with their skills and interest which is great because you can work on projects that mean something to you. I enjoy the vibe of the building and the working atmotsphere
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Working with people at L'Oréal has been great when you get used to the working environment. It's a business very much driven by people, and networking, so if that's one of your skills it's great to be able to incorporate personal relations into the wider business. When I have completed work, my team have been supportive, and my manager has been helpful.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I met with my manager every week, and she gave me lots of her time to talk about my development in the work place, and the projects I was working on. There is a high degree of autonomy necessary to work in L'Oréal- as the business is dynamic and busy, and people are often out of office at events/shoots etc.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In the first few weeks of my placement there was a good adjustment period, but things quickly got busy. I found it difficult to manager the amount of tasks I was given at first, but once you've adapted to the working environment you get used to this. Learning to prioritise, and to be transparent with team memebrs about deadlines is key at L'Oreal
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was surprised at how much responsibility I was given during my short time at L'Oréal. my manager helped me identify my skills, and gave me some amazing projects to work on. My own work now features on some of the L'Oréal websites with my name on it- which is an amazing opportunity, and testimony to how much responsibility I have been given!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It's been great to get experience in a busy working environment. Being at L'Oréal has taught me to deal with different types of people in the work place- which is a great skill, and applicable to every day life. It's good to see what my degree is working towards as an end point- and if anything, it's handy to get used to a working daily routine- which will be handy in my last year of uni.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People on the whole are friendly but you have to put yourself out there a lot and really try to engage on a level which fits in with the company. Some of the other interns were lovely, but it feels like a competitive environment which adds some strain to some of the relationships forged with other interns.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Once I was here I felt like everything was organised quite well. Because L'Oréal is so dynamic there are constant changes to your job and the atmosphere around you, so it's Important to be able to adapt to that. I had a week to handover with the intern who was here before me, however she was also trying to handover to another person- which was initially challenging.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
L'Oréal is amazing at wanting to train individuals and invest in them. the company love it if you go out of your way to upskill yourself, which is an amazing opportunity- especially as a young professional starting their career. Networking with other team members also provides a great opportunity to get other insights into the working world of L'Oréal.
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?
I would love to work at L'Oréal in the future. Because it is a big company, it seems like it would be hard to climb into a senior position in the company- especially because DMI is in France. The opportunities to travel however seem amazing, and it would be a great place to start a career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
L'Oréal is such a social environment so it was great to be able to meet some people who I am now close with. I will look forward to seeing these people in the future- weather this is inside the working world of L'Oréal, or out. L'Oréal take lots of interns, so you never feel isolated as a student here.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is so expensive! I had to move to London to complete my internship, and I found it hard that there are no other offices in the UK apart from Ireland. My commute in the morning was very long and expensive. if I had had this internship somewhere closer to home- North of England it would have been so much easier. However having to move, and start a new job was really hard.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London nightlife is good but so expensive and a bit of a hassle. I have never been out in Hammersmith- where the office is based, but there are some good bars and pubs which the L'Oréal team go to- especially on Fridays. Some great events in central London if you can get there!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I didn't get involved in much out of work but I know that L'Oréal have some sports teams. It would be great if the company could forge some relationships with some of the local gyms, or other leisure activities so that there is more opportunity to get involved in activities outside of work.