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My work placement at Disney has been the best year of my life so far, there is always something exciting going on i.e. Premiers! Plus you have the chance to meet 100's of people and find out what they do, which has lead me to a stronger decision of what I want to do when I finish University.
At Disney you are not an intern, you are a full time employee that all of your team rely on for help. Which means you do a variety of work and get to see what all of your team do and understand it more.
My Manager has been an amazing support while working at Disney, it was very hard for me to move from the North to the South and be so far away from home. But my manager and my team have made me feel so welcome, which has made me feel that I can go talk to any of them for help or guidance and I know for a fact they will help me in the future!
This is a hard question to answer, because I work in supply chain it is very up and down. Meaning some months we are releasing lots of titles and others we aren't. But when we are in a quieter period it means you can go off and shadow other colleagues across the company and get involved with other interns in different projects and events!
While on placement you are your own motivation, if you aren't willing to sit and work on your own projects then this isn't the job for you. You are given full responsibility of the work you do and send out, so you have to make sure you are double checking things.
The skills I have developed are so valuable for when I graduate because I will be able to put I have actual business experience on my CV. The whole time I have worked here I have set objectives to make sure I develop everything I wanted to while I'm here, and my managers has helped to make sure they are done. The training I have received means I will be able to add SAP to my CV which is used world wide and will help to strengthen my CV.
The office is a very laid back environment, no ones really in suits you can pretty much wear what you want. Which I think relaxes me more as I'm comfortable and am able to come out of shell more.
The internship has been running for years, so it is very well set up and pre-pared and they were ready for me when I came. Contracts all signed and systems all set up ready for me to use.
I feel like the company has helped developed me as a person and all of the skills that come with are a bonus, its made me a whizz on excel, work/ PowerPoint. You also use a lot of systems specific to Disney which you get full training on.
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
I would love to come back and work for Disney, but with it being in the south it isn't somewhere I want to work. So hopefully the leeds office would take me on.
All the interns at Disney are very sociable, there is over a 150 interns so you meet so many people. It is basically like being at University in the centre of London for a year, you can imagine how much fun you have.
Cost of living is so expensive and I wish I had the opportunity to commute but I couldn't, this is the only downside to London there is no cheaper London accommodation to help students as it is cheaper to rent than go with student accommodation. Although socialising in the area as you can imagine is amazing so many places to eat and drink.
The nightlife around the area of work isn't for a night out, but there is plenty of decent pubs to go to on a Friday afternoon. Plus the Thames is a 5 minute walk away so you can go have a pint with a beautiful view.
Work don't usual have anything going on outside of work, but the interns are always organising some kind of party or day out so you never without something to do!
Placement Year (10 Months+)
16th April 2015