1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I found marketing at Nestlé to be even more interesting than I expected; I was given a really interesting project and a great balance of freedom and guidance. I got to visit various factory and supplier sites, as well as worked closely with creative agencies, which allowed for a whole-rounded experience. I would gladly recommend the internship to everyone.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was told on day one that everything I did over my internship was a 100% incremental to their progress on the topic, which I felt throughout.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone was very supportive the whole time, people always went out of their way to help me if I hit an obstacle or had a question. My manager gave good guidance over my internship, while allowing for enough freedom so that I felt that I was adding value to the company from day one.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In the first few weeks I could've handled a slightly tougher workload, but as I progressed with my project I quite busy, which is exactly how I like it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a bit of responsibility from the beginning. I got to attend meetings with creative, suppliers, and various teams across the company on my own - I was given a good amount of freedom over what direction I took my project in.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As my degree is very finance oriented, it was great to get an insight into marketing, see how my business classes work in practice, and develop an all-round skill set. I oversaw everything from manufacturing to delivery, which among others taught me the value chain in practice and that marketing is a great deal more complicated than what we learn at university. I also had a good amount of presenting and negotiating experience, which will definitely be useful for my final year, and after I graduate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was always quite busy, yet cheerful and helping. If I wanted to ask somebody a question, or just have a chat I could easily go over and talk to them, everyone was very open.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The set up was good overall, we were given clear instructions and good training. As people were placed across offices in the UK and Ireland, it would've been great to have a bit more information on the area prior to the start of the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had two days of training initially, which included an insight personality test aimed at highlighting our strongsuits and weaker areas when working together with people. We also had a day's training on presentations, and a visit to creative agencies in London towards the midpoint of the placement.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Nestlé is a very appealing graduate employer, and there is a fairly good chance of being offered a full-time role if you have done well during the internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Everyone got along quite well, I could've done with a few more social events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was placed in York, which has a very good standard and living and you get your money's worth.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife was good, however the size of the town did place some limits on where you can go on a night out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I was only here for 10 weeks, but there were some activities to take on outside of work.