Working at NBCUniversal has been an enjoyable and challenging experience. There is a good balance between the work and it's social aspect of being a part of the company meaning you are able to get to know people across the business in a more casual way. Similarly, as there are many interns hired you feel less overwhelmed and more a part of a community. I felt that I had enough work to keep me engaged and interested in what I did most of the time.
I knew my role in my team and my teams role in the wider business which helped me feel valued. At first it was difficult to see how everything fitted together and I couldn't tell what impact my role did have but as I have attended more meetings I have been able to get a wider feel for the business and my role. Once I was more comfortable with my role after the first few months I was given more tasks to complete which helped me feel like I was really contributing to the team. Although my job could be replaced by a macro/machine in a couple of years I'm sure.
Whenever I have had a problem my manager and team have been happy to help and answer my questions. Even when I've gone wrong because of a silly mistake they are always very understanding that mistakes happen and are never condescending. I've been given clear goals and have always felt supported.
There's only a few occasions where I felt my work load was off balance. For example if I felt I did not have enough work to do but as soon as I voiced this there were always tasks that I could take on. My team was very eager to give me tasks if I needed them but I never felt that I had too much on my plate (unless I wasn't working to the best of my ability).
I feel my level of responsibility obviously grew during my time at NBCUniversal as I showed that I was able to take on more and as I became more proactive in my work. I was always encouraged to become more involved and I was given opportunities that meant I could show my abilities well.
I have never worked in an office environment before and the skills I have learnt this year be it computational skills or reporting skills are ones that I will stay with me onto my next stages in life. I was introduced to different programs and different ways of using programs such as excel that I had not used before that will aid me in my future studies.
It was very upbeat a lot of the time. Everybody (unless they were apposed to the idea which was fine!) had their birthdays celebrated with cake in a meeting room. In our work 'pod' area we would have discussions about a whole range of things from sports, to movies etc. There definitely was a great inclusivity feeling it was great!
Actually getting the placement was a bit stressful there were wrong dates and short notice interviews. But once we got there and work actually began we had check ups with the early careers team to check everything was going ok. We set goals after the first few months so it did feel structured. Because there was a large number of us I believe overall it was done well!
The previous intern I was taking over from trained me up on the processes I would go through whilst working there. There were some training sessions at the start of the year to get us familiar with the basics of the programs we would be using during our internship that were helpful. Additionally, meetings were set up to help us get a sense of the business as a whole and enabled us to network successfully. There were future plans for further training that was meant to go ahead but due to the current climate this was not possible. Additionally the there were many events throughout the year that were set up that brought in guest speakers.
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I really enjoyed my experience with NBCUniversal. It gave me an insight into what its like to work as part of a great team. I also got to experience lots of different situations that I wouldn't have otherwise. I enjoyed the work that I did and found it enjoyable and stress-free (most of the time)
Yeah definitely. We often did social events together which everyone was invited to but there was never a expectation that you had to be involved. Quarterly's were a lot of fun and enabled you to get involved with people across the business that you may not have run into otherwise.
The office is in London which is expensive to live in and transport is also expensive. Luckily with the transport available it does not take too long to get anywhere. It also meant you were really involved in the city which was a great experience. But yeah socialising was also expensive but generally worth it.
The nightlife was as you would expect for London. The transport is great to get around the city easily even at night with TFL's night tubes. If you want to go out there is many venues open pretty much every night of the week depending where you want to go!
There were many activities you could get involved in inside and outside of work. I even went to a film premiere during my year with NBCUniversal which was amazing! There were a wide range of opportunities that meant you could do and try a lot of different things. Some can be subsided which is great as London can be expensive.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
6th May 2020