I couldn't have asked for a better placement year to kick start my career. I worked on a variety of interesting projects and was given responsibility from day one, which for me, was a huge motivator. I felt valued by my colleagues, I learnt a lot and made many friends in the process!
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues, especially by my manager and other senior stakeholders I've worked with. I was always encouraged to express my opinion and my suggestions were always taken into account. They trusted me to deliver important projects and they even gave me the opportunity to take the lead on a few of them, which was very rewarding.
My manager was always there for me to offer support and guidance. He even took a genuine interest in my personal development and he scheduled regular meetings to discuss my progress, check whether I needed any support and if there was any other area of the business I wanted to explore.
I was fairly busy on a daily busy, which for me was just right as I wanted to get as much experience as possible and being involved in many different projects allowed me to do just that. Having said that, work-life balance at Expedia is really good. You will work hard most of the day, but you are not expected to work extra hours unless you really want to.
I was given a great amount of responsibility during my placement, which is what I was looking for. My manager and other colleagues I worked with were confident with me presenting and introducing new initiatives to senior stakeholders in the business, for example, and I was also responsible for the planning and execution of digital marketing campaigns.
I have yet to start my final year at university, however I am confident that the skills developed at Expedia will help me with both, my future studies and career. After one year of working for a big company like Expedia, I can say that I feel a lot more confidence and this will surely help me with university presentations and future job interviews.
The office vibe was extremely friendly and relaxed. The majority of people are really easy to talk to and always willing to help if you need a hand. Everyone works hard but you will find that people are always up for a quick coffee break or the occasional table tennis match!
The company is investing in Early Talent and they are introducing new initiatives, such as an induction week for new interns, to help them familiarise with the different parts of the business (Expedia has a portfolio of many different brands!). During my placement I was given the opportunity to participate in workshops, such as careers panels and presentation skills workshops, aimed at enhancing my professional development.
Working from home
The social scene at Expedia Group was really good! I would often go out with my team for lunch or drinks and we would sometimes organise nights out in London which were always great fun. The company also organises monthly staff drinks on the rooftop, where you can enjoy the most amazing views of London and socialise with new colleagues.
At Expedia there were quite a few opportunities to get involved in activities after work. For example, the company offers a number of classes which you can attend free of charge, such as Photoshop courses, Coding classes and many others, where you can learn new skills and also meet new people.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
29th August 2019