The people I work with are very helpful and supportive. They have been very nice in helping me settle in and have been great in helping me manage my workload. The atmosphere in the company is also really good, it is very diverse and there are lots of different tupes of people to meet and talk to.
Most people in the company get on very well and this is because of the culture. In terms of value as well, there is a good feedback system in place so you know what you need to do and improve on. Also immediate feedback is given very effectively in the company.
I am given very good support from my colleagues. They constantly reassure placements that you can raise any workload issues to make sure that you are managing ok! I also receive brilliant help and guidance with any tasks that I have so that I can perform to the best of my ability.
Personally I was evry happy with the workload. It is very high and significant but I am happy with this in my opinion. I would not like to feel bored or underused so I am happy to undertake more work, however I recognise that it could be too much for some people.
From very early on I was given lots of responsibility in things that have an affect on the business. This is great becuase it makes you feel valued and used well. It is also the right amount at the right time - not too much, too soon which would be overwhelming.
I think the skills that I have learnt will greatly assist me in the world beyond university. I will be able to use them to help me attain future careers and they will be helpful in those careers. They are not very useful for economics but that is because I am working in Marketing and studying economics, so they crossover but not very much.
The atmosphere in the office is brilliant, there are often drinks and other out of office events that are really fun, and everyone values that. Sometimes my team can be intense because of the workload but - e.g. people don't take lunch breaks/stay late in the office. But I understand this is necessary sometimes.
In general the placement is very well organised. HR plays a big role in settling all placements in, there are multiple inductions to make sure everyone has a good grasp of the business and all placements know clearly who their line-manager is. One thing is the handover is down to the ex-placement and sometimes they could be better.
There are countless opportunities to attend various training days/events. The company also invest in essential excel and presentation training days which are extremely beneficial. In top of that the company provides you with online and in-person role-specific training throughout the year which are very beneficial and will help with my personal development.
Working from home
The graduate role is well advertised and the application process is made easy. On top of that there is a chance that you could secure a full time roll upon graduation but this is more difficult and less likely. Many placements go on to do the graduate placement as they are used to working in the company.
Yes, many of the placements live in london and are keen to take part in events and meet outside of work. The company also encourages social meet ups and so this is easy. There are also many graduates and many placements and so there are lots of people who are keen to meet socially.
As many people know, London is very expensive, it is expensive to live in and expensive to socialise in. However, when you work in London you already know this will be the case and also the payment from the company is sufficient to allow you to live and socialise in London.
The nightlife is very fun and enjoyable, London is known for having a great nightlife and there are many different options depending on what you want to get out of the night. Generally there are cheaper options as well but of course London is more expensive than most areas, particularly in Chiswick however the nightlife nearby is great.
I would say there are loads of opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work, in London you can do pretty much anything. However, the company does not facilitate this. It is not there responsibility however and becasue the company is situated in London there is so much to do!
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Advertising, Market Research, Marketing
Central London and City
17th October 2019