Helping review and launch new products for Early Life Nutrition.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Friendly and young team, great office to work in, really enjoyed the work in the brand team and working with sales. THe placement time went by really quickly.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was always asked what I thought, what I would do and the team listened to what I said. I took on a real and full role from another placement when I started and was really a part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was amazing, it was the first time she had managed anyone and I felt that we were a real team together. SHe shared her plans and asked for my contributions. She let me come along to presentations and asked for feedback, she gave me feedback on my presentations to the business. I had a development conversation and end of placement review with her and she supported me to apply for the graduate programme with Danone. I felt that I could ask her pretty much anything.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
So busy, the time just flew by. At first it was hard to know how to do everything I needed to so it felt that it took ages but when I was settled I felt that I could get more done and was amazed and how much I could do in a day by the end. THere were a lot of meetings in the morning and especially at the beginning of the week to set us up and then review checks towards the end of the week. Between those times I set my time and tasks with my line manager.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I did enjoy working with my line manager although I felt that sometimes she could have given me more responsibility. I was doing a real job although she often wanted me to check things through with her which was great at the start although towards the end of my placment I don't think everything needed to go through her. I was given other projects where I was in complete control and these worked out well so I think a little more responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There was some training, not a lot, mostly I learned from my team and my line manager. I developed a lot of skills though in presentations and have done lots of presentations back at Uni which I don;t worry about and am much quicker at.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Friendly, fun, young. There is table tennis and table football and loads of yogurts to eat! There were a lot of placements and grads and we spent a lot of time together at work and outside of work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My job was well set up although I think so because of my line manager and my team. We had a couple of social events in work like lunches, but most were arranged by us outside of work. It would have been good to have had more training sessions and to learn more about the other business units. We were asked for feedback a lot and I think some things have changed for next year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was some training, towards the end.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would like to work at Danone. I will apply when I graduate for the first part of my career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Really good, the placement and grads spent a lot of time together. What was nice was we were put into a Facebook group before we started and we all arranged to live together and near each other and it went from there.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is really expensive. It was ok living in Clapham but going out was expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Bars on the business park are good and our team often went there after work, generally to go out we went nearer Clapham.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Some things like volunteering and sports. There was a zipwire down from the office roof in the summer which was great fun.