My placement with WarnerMedia has truly been the most enjoyable working experience of my life. I have wholeheartedly enjoyed every element of my time within the company and will be returning to University with a wealth of new experiences and new found skills within myself. I don't believe there is a placement out there that can rival the enjoyment of working as an employee of WarnerMedia for a variety of key reasons. The main being that the company has true heart and it lives and breaths in every employee and team making a placement here a truly memorable and fantastically formative.
As a WarnerMedia employee, I have been valued in every area of the working day. Its comforting to know that being an intern is not an undermined position and is held in esteem throughout the company. I believe this is because interns are given real responsibility from the start and given every opportunity to prove themselves as valued memebers of the team.
I have been given full support from my managers from day one. I wouldnt ever feel hesitant to reach out for help and advice from both them and my wider team. There is always guidance available which is really beneficial for a student who is in a very alien environment at first, in a new job, away from home and more than often alone.
My days were never quiet. I was always kept busy with stimulating work which has always been beneficial to my learning. I personally enjoy being busy so this level of work was suitable to me. However, others might struggle under this work load at first as the company treat you as an equal employee and therefore students must be prepared to complete demanding and time dependent work.
I was personally given tremendous responsibility in my time at HBO and Warner Bros. I was extremely surprised to learn what my daily responsibilities would be but equally, happy because this told me that the company really valued its interns and didn't just say this on paper. I would encourage people looking for a real working role that a placement with the company is the one they need.
In my return to university, I know 100% that the skills I have developed and learnt this year will be transferred to my degree and the completion of my final year. I am confident in various skills that, prior to this placement, I was not. Therefore, I know that I am able to take on greater tasks and responsibilities at University that I previously wouldn't now have considered possible.
The atmosphere was very very positive and very productive. Its easy to say that there was never a dull moment and even small successes were celebrated. Everyone feels valued and everyone chats thanks to the open structure environment. This was something very humbling as even on quiet days, there is always someone to chat to.
Personally, due to the move of HBO into WarnerMedia, my placement organization was bad. I experienced great stress and anxiety on the security of my placement that I shouldnt have been experiencing. HR were fantastic and helped where they could, however I recieved little clarity on my personal position in the company over Christmas and even questioned if I would be returning in the new year. This experience cannot be generalized for everyone however and have had a brilliant experience in the company despite this.
Interns received multiple workshops and opportunity's to improve areas such as public speaking which was great for me personally. There was always something on offer for new and interesting ways to get involved in the company. These sessions have helped to make me a more rounded person and employee which is exactly what students look for in a placement.
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Future employment at WarnerMedia is incredibly appealing having completed the placement. I would happily apply for a job tomorrow. The company keep your details for any possible future roles that open up. But they do not offer a graduate scheme. I would very happily return to work here having finished.
The social scene is excellent and all the best networking is done outside of the office in my opinion. There are so many way to extend your bubble of connections in fun ways. In all the social scene itself is a brilliant appeal to work for the company. The people ARE the company and they embody all the best values of the brand. Its certainly worth getting to know the brilliant people behind the work.
The cost of living in London is...expensive. Working in Holborn, central London has come with large costs associated with travel, time and finances. Its something that students should be aware of when starting this placement as it came as a shock to just buy yourself lunch which can be at very minimum £5.
The nightlife in central London is mainly bar/ pub focused near and around WarnerMedia. This is great for after work drinking and socialising. With the work and travelling home at weekends I didnt experience many clubs, however there are some brilliant ones just a few tube stops away. Everything is accessible.
The jump from university life to a full time job was a large step and therefore msot of the time it was difficult to drag yourself to after work meets and acitvities. However, there were certainly a few which is good for people who want to get involved in this type of event.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Central London and City