1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship with Danone was great, I learnt a lot and it kept me very busy. I really liked the atmosphere at Danone in the head office - it was very welcoming and friendly.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was part of a great team, we all took time to help each other and every month we had breakfast together in the canteen and talked about everything but work. The senior leaders in the team were there as well and always took time to listen and talk.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager and my team were really supportive and great. Answered questions, listened to my recommendations and thoughts. Particularly at the start when I felt that I didn't know very much, they were patient with me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Busy, the time flew by very quickly. Sometimes it was a bit too busy but that was when we are helped each other in the team. I don't like it when it is too quiet so this suited me well.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The right amount I felt. I had my own projects and own parts of projects I felt that there was the right amount for me to do and at the right level.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Time management - I really struggled with this to start with and the team were really patient. I find it really easy now to prioritise my day and to make sure that I get everything done. I also learnt not to write too long a to do list.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was busy and a lot of work was going on but it was fun as well. The buildings are really nice and so is the business park - there are swans!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I felt that I knew what I was doing on my placement. The placements who were leaving when I started said that there had been different start dates and they didn't ever really get to know where were placements but we all started at about the same time and had an intro session and then we had lunch together. Quite a lot of the placements also lived together as there was a facebook group set up for us before we started so we could get to know each other.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I learnt a lot doing the job and didn't really have time for any courses although I think that some of the other placements went on ones for sales and for marketing. It would have been nice to have an induction week like the graduates have or go to the supply points as I was in supply chain and it would have been nice to see the factories.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There aren't any graduate jobs in supply chain but I will keep looking to see if there is anything when I graduate. I think that I might look for a graduate scheme somewhere else so I can have another expereince and come back in the future to Danone.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, we went out not so much all together but in smaller groups. There were quite a lot of placements and some graduates as well and a lot of the other people in the teams were young and wanted to go out after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Some people were very busy outside of work and there were things like volunteering but I didn;t do any of them although we did do clearing of the Thames on a Thursday as a team.