Fully enjoyed the placement, it was a great way for me to explore business and fmcg industry. The team were fully supportive of me, I felt I had sufficient responsibility and always had tasks to keep me busy. I have worked on a variety of projects, and every day brings something new.
I felt like part of the team straight away, and they always ask for my thoughts and opinions. I felt like I was able to make contributions to the team that were appreciated. I had thought that this may have been challenging as I was a placement student but this was not the case.
I felt well supported by my manager, they were there if I needed to ask questions. We also booked an hour 1:1 each week which I could use to cover the work I have been doing and any queries that I might have needed their thoughts and builds on to improve my work.
I am always busy from 9-5, I rarely feel overwhelmed. There is always some work that can be done and its not often that I feel like I didn't have enough work. At times when I felt that I didn't have sufficient workload I spoke to my manager and she was able to provide me with additional tasks.
I felt that I had a lot of responsibility through out, as my placement was in marketing function I was made project leader for several projects. The opportunity to lead projects made me feel like a valued member of the team and delivered the experience that I was looking to gain from my placement.
This placement provided me with good problem solving, time management, presentation and inter personal skills. I felt that I had a great deal of self development and there are some key learnings that I will take forward in life. However, as my degree is not the same subject as my placement the link between the 2 is fairly sparse.
Atmosphere was great, I always looked forwards to going to work. The team were super friendly and we always had lunch together we helped to keep us close and not just discussing work. We rarely worked in silence and which meant if you wanted to have a quick discussion with someone then you could talk to them for a quick chat with minimal disruption.
Intially this could have been improved as we didn't find out our location until very close to the start date, however once onboarded the placement felt that it moved pretty seamlessly. I was given a workplan and had a good handover that made it clear to me the work that needed to be completed.
I was encouraged to join a workshop to develop my personal self, and this really helped to understand what my inner drivers are provided clarity on work I should focus on. There was also a host of training online courses available at all times throughout the year if there was anything I wanted to build further.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
I would love the opportunity to return to the company, and will be applying for the grad scheme.
We all met on welcome days prior to starting the job and we also were able to create a facebook group with us all on it. This meant that we could have various socials throughout the year, and it was great to meet with people in other functions that perhaps you wouldn't have had the chance to meet.
Where I worked was fairly expensive, I was based in central London. However being able to budget money was an essential part of managing social life and as long as I kept an eye on my spending I didn't feel that I had to make any compromise on my social life.
Being based in central London the nighlife doesn't get any better, shows, restaurants, bars, clubs, you name it its there. Its great because you are able to try so many new and exciting things that otherwise you may not have the opportunity to do. There really is something for everyone.
several opportunites were given to get involved with other brands and activities outside of the brand I was working on. This was a great way to explore other parts of the business and something that I really enjoyed being a part of.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
15th June 2020