1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year as I had lots of opportunity to project manage and oversee many campaigns. There has been a wide range of different skills that I have developed and acquired, giving me a high level of satisfaction and enjoyment.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have felt extremely valued by my colleagues. They are always reminding me how important and valuable my work is being the only marketeer in the team and therefore given a lot of responsibility. They praise me where they have recognised I take leadership and deal with complicated situations.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
If I need support or guidance I am open with letting my manager know and they are very good with acting on this. However, we do not have 1:1s in the diary each week to check in to see whether I need support - it involves me actively mentioning it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
When I first started placement I did not feel busy and was seeking extra work and projects I could be involved with. However, the second half of my placement has seen an increase in work to a level where I am very happy with being busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A LOT of responsibility which I have completely loved, being the only marketeer in my team. It has made me take full ownership for the campagins and projects that we run and has fully exceeded my expectations of what I could have gained from a placement year.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I couldn't be more happy with the responsibility I have been given as a student - people have said I am essentially doing the role that a brand and customer manager would be doing :) I have developed on lots of skills as a result of this and therefore has meant that after my degree, I will feel fully confident going into any job role because of the training and skills I have developed.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A very happy office environment filled with very kind, open and friendly people. New people you hadn't met were always up for a chat at the coffee machine which was really lovely and was great for networking.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very organised - I always knew what was happening and who I could go to if I had any questions. The handover could have been more informative but other than that, the organisation was brilliant :)
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company was brilliant with this - I had the opportunity to go to London Paddington to participate in a 2-day training course in order to become a 'Certified Scrum Master'. I have also developed as a person a lot as a result of overseeing campaigns and acquiring new skills. I have been supported in applying for mini projects across the buisness to enhance my development :)
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - I would love to be able to return to MSD for future employment after I finish university. It is a brilliant company to work in, with a massive focus on student's personal developement and involvement. It is only frustrating that after doing a student placment, you cannot be guarenteed a job as I would love to know I have a job secured after university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a consistent group of students who would suggest meeting up for drinks after work and even on weekends in the local area which was always a really fun time. It would be even better if MSD organised 5 student socials at the beginning of placement to encourage more interaction at the start. A group of us students plan to visit each other whilst at University and keep in contact - I have made friends for life at placement.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living was higher than that at university, though this is to be expected because it wasn't a student area. Socialising was okay in terms of cost, because there was a whetherspoons round the corner that was cheap and lots of different restaurants of choice :)
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was okay for a cheesy night out but it wasn't great in general. If we wanted a good night out then we'd catch a train together and head into London :)
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, I joined a running club in my local area and my flatmate joined a local netball club. We also went to bounce classes together so definitely opportunities to get involved with any activites you enjoy :)