Each day, I attended an array of meetings on a wide range of projects the global privacy team and other related teams were involved in. I also had the opportunity to work on a vast number of projects, some having a minor role and some where I was the main person responsible for producing the deliverable. This meant I regularly reached out to different members of the team as well as other teams in different departments. Each day varied and I thoroughly enjoyed the working on the projects and seeing my work being rolled out globally across Unilever.
Leadership and and building initiative and are the two main skills I have seen develop throughout my placement with Unilever. Data protection law is an area I had minimal knowledge on prior to my internship, however in preparation and throughout my internship, I invested in an array of courses cantered around data science which I have found incredibly interesting and insightful. The breath of knowledge I now have for data protection law has also drastically increased and I am confident that this is an area of law I would like to pursue further in my future career.
Yes, I was given the opportunity to lead an array of projects and produce deliverables and I always had the opportunity to be involved in more if my capacity allowed for extra work. I was also provided flexibility in how I would structure and produce the deliverables in a way that could be easily digested and understood by the rest of the team. Equally, I felt comfortable enough to ask for further guidance if I felt I needed it and my line manager and fellow colleagues went out of there way to provide me with assistance and answer any questions I had.
An incredible amount! I had weekly catch-ups with my line manager where we discussed the weekly agenda and this was a time for me to raise any concerns/ issues. I also had regular communication throughout the week with my line manager and team members and even at times where my team were incredibly busy with high priority tasks, they ensured I was briefed to understand the nature of the projects they were working on and took the time to help me understand the background knowledge.
Very friendly and inclusive culture, I felt comfortable from the moment I joined. In the onboarding events I was also made aware of the different networks I could join to meet other workers that were passionate about the same issues and topics as myself. I also had some in person office time and it was great to meet everyone face-to-face. Although I was slightly nervous at first, my team made me feel incredibly comfortable and the office was grand!
I particularly loved working on multiple different projects that had a real impact on the business globally. Unilever also adapted greatly to the pandemic and adopted a hybrid form of working which meant I had the opportunity to work from home and attend the office, should I wish to do so. I would highly recommend this internship to others; the experience I have gained has been invaluable and I look forward to applying to the graduate schemes at Unilever.
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