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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

I was responsible for supporting the medical affairs team with the latest scientific literature reviews. I also had manage an internal health class and provide scientific support to marketing.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I had a very thoroughly stimulating time at Danone , which provided me with many opportunities to learn from experts within the Nutrition Industry and then put these new skills into practice. The great thing about this company is the more you prove yourself the more trust and responsibility they give you for the next project, which for me culminated in the opportunity to drive project management for nutritional marketing.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt extremely valued by my colleagues. There is a real spirit of commitment to delivering the best results through utilizing each individuals best skillset. The company even does psychological profiling in order to decipher each individuals best communication strategy, it really is awesome!


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I had weekly one to one meetings with my line manager to discuss personal development plans and go over any project issues. However there is the atmosphere that if you need to ask for help then your manager is really happy to provide you with the necessary guidance.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • yes I was very busy. The project I worked on often spanned month long periods whilst simultaneously having to manage time to deal with the urgent responses.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • At first I was given enough responsibility to give me a positive challenge for instance researching nutritional papers to provide business insights and responses to queries. After proving my earning trust I was provided the opportunity to manage a piece of nutritional marketing from start to finish handling a budget of thousands of pounds!


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The placement has enabled me to analyze nutritional research with a confidence that was not delivered to me at University. Danone also gave the chance to enhance my skills at project management and thriving within a team of skilled professionals who really know there stuff!


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Everyone is really helpful and full of energy.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I really enjoyed the structure that was given working as a nutrition assistant for the Medical Affairs team. As a quarter way into the placement I was given the chance to specialize in a specific category (toddler diets) which provided fascinating learning opportunity.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • There was lots of nutrition specific training, and there were also internal exams. I had the opportunity to go to many different places (and even countries) to network with industry professionals and further my learning.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Healthcare from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I would really love the chance to return and learn and develop further with this great company.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • I was the only placement student however the team I worked in were so welcoming and warm but on a night out they also new there way around the cocktail menu!


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • the head office is in rural Wiltshire but its only a 20 minute train rid from Bath and many work does are free.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Rural pubs but only 20 minutes from bath 40 from Bristol.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There is many gym clubs, zumba clubs and collegues are so friendly your sure to get invited for a game of tennis or an after office run!


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

2nd September 2013

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