In the Global Workplace and Enterprise Services. It is a global role but mostly focussed on supporting UK facilities and their ongoing projects to better the workplace
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was amazing, I was welcomed like a member of the team rather than an intern (which for some reason was always what I thought it would be like) so I got off to a great start. Then the following year has just been full of amazing experiences, getting involved in big projects that I never thought I would and visiting different sites domestically and internationally. An amazing place to work, with brilliant people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As mentioned I was treated like a team member from day 1. As my end date approached I have been described as my team as "A part of the furniture" which I take as a great compliment, but it is also a testament to how inclusive my team and MSD has been to allow me to flourish in my placement.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given all the support I was needed and all members of the team made sure I knew if I ever need help they were there for me. I remember on the first day my manager said to me "I have all the time in the world for you" to emphasise that I could come to her whenever needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I started off with a few quiet days but after that initial teething phase I have found that perfect balance filled with exciting and unique projects. I would vote higher also if I could because I was always told if I had too much work to raise it and it will be relieved and if I had too little work they will assign me more. Really the perfect situation.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The only reason I didn't put 10 on this one is due to the fact I couldn't say "I was running the show" But the level of trust and responsibility I was given was far more than I ever expected coming in. Towards the end of my placement I was frequently liasing with senior members of staff from across the globe.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As I study chemical Engineering, the skills developed in this role were less to do with my degree but more to do with future career aspirations. Saying this I was not misled with this, I knew exactly what I was going into and it was perfect for me personally even though not technical engineering.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great fun always! Everyone was always smiling which is what made the office a great place to come to each morning. It was not long in the job until I classified all of my colleagues as friends and began doing things outside of work. Everyone in the office including the MD will always smile and say hello.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
A huge credit goes to the Human Resources and Talent Acquisition team for their handling of onboarding. We had an agenda given to us as a cohort to know when our visit days would be and then in the first week of our placements had great team building and encouraged us to make good friendships within the cohort.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A great deal. I have had a service mindset training that was more or less exclusive associate dir and above, but my team managed to get me involved. Also the Early Talent Forum setup a presentation work shop. I have also been given the opportunity to speak in front of 40+ senior colleagues to further develop my public speaking which was really something I wanted to take to the next level during placement.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Massivley. I would love to come back to MSD. They have embedded an amazing culture that would be appealing to any motivated worker. Also the HQ move to central London and incorporating lots of 'Workplace of the future' strategies which makes MSD an even better place to be. Also seeing how MSD treat their employees is extremely attractive for my long term interests.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes certainly. As I mentioned HR and TA have done a great job to integrate the student cohort. We all got a chance to meet before the placement started so we all knew each other at the start of placement. This meant by the time placement started we would spend time with each other outside of work. Also there are a few regular sports occurring between colleagues such as football and squash.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not terrible but it was not cheap. Based in Hoddesdon so a lot of the socialising was done in the nearby Hertfod which can be somewhat pricey. However certainly not the most expensive place in the world. I was never put of anything when in Hertford due to the price, and there are some lovely pubs around.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was good, it was Hertford so there was a couple of small club/bars, a popworld and a weather spoons. However the placement soon will be in London where of course the nighlife will speak for itself and be much more lively. Everything about the London move is really positive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes quite a few. There were regular charity days organised with work first and fore most. Also there was a football game organised each Thursday which was always really friendly (and a great place to network) and also I played squash regularly with my team. The opportunities are all there, you just need to take them.