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I thoroughly enjoyed my placement and experiencing what it's like to be in a real work environment.
My colleagues made me feel valued and did not treat me like a typical intern.
My supervisor was extremely supportive and was always happy to help and answer any questions I had.
It varied from week to week. Some weeks I found I was very busy which I enjoyed, however some weeks I found I was not that busy and did not feel as pushed as I could have been.
I was given a fair amount of responsibility, but would have probably liked a bit more as the year progressed and I got to know the role better.
I have definitely gained key skills that I will need in any future job as well as a great deal about the industry.
The atmosphere is good, it's a big open plan office and everyone is really friendly.
I think the organisation of the placement at the start could have been improved as I did not have a proper handover period from the person who was previously in the roll. This was due to her starting another job but the company could have asked me to start sooner so that a full handover could have been given.
As an intern, the company does not allow you do take part in any training which was a massive disappointment. The only professional training that is available to interns are online lessons but there were not many marketing (my university course) related ones available.
I would definitely consider coming back as a full time employee if the right position was available.
There were many other placements students across the company (I think around 150!) and a lot on my floor/department so meeting people and socialising was really easy. I also live with other interns (organised ourselves but through a HR-ran Disney Intern Facebook group) which made the social aspect of the placement really great.
The cost of living was extremely expensive as it's London so I did struggle sometimes. However, Student Finance do take this into account and I received a larger loan because of my location. Also the cost of socialising was much greater than what I was used to at Uni, but that has to be expected with living in London.
The office is in Hammersmith and there are a few good bars and pubs in the area which are great for work drinks or a casual drink. The office is also a 5 minute walk away from the river and in the summer the pubs along the river front are lovely, with many having beer gardens or roof terraces. As for clubs, central London is only a short tube ride away and there is so much choice for nightlife. The only downside being the entry and drink prices but you can find deals and student nights still.
The only thing I can think of is that between the months of May and September we get 'summer hours'. This means that you work 9-6 Monday to Thursday (instead of 9-5:30) and then on Friday you finish at 3p.m. So if you did have any outside commitments then you can do things on Friday afternoons.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
16th April 2015