1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working at Warner was great. It's a really fun industry to work in and the work is so varied that there is never a dull day.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The people are fantastic and make you feel really welcome. They are used to having interns and you get so much rewsponsibility in your role that you don't really feel like an intern at all.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Weekly 1:1s, quarterly performance reviews and regular catch ups to make sure everything is going well.
Also had various courses to improve skills.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days were busier than others. My role was dependant on releases so when we had big titles such as the Hobbit or Batman Arkham Knight the weeks leading up to those were much busier.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot. I was surprised at how much they trusted me with tasks that were genuinely important. There were certain processes that grew in responsibilty over the year, starting with assisting and by the end of the year with me managing an entire process. Others I was thrown straight into managing but I never felt like I couldn't ask for help.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I do Marketing at uni so my role in Customer Marketing was definitley valid and helped put some real life situations to my theoretical knowledge. Although the speicifc knowledge from my role will help if I choose to go into a similar field after I graduate, I know that the soft skills I've learnt (communicating with customers and colleagues alike, presenting, email etiquette) will help in whatever I do next!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was lucky enough to experience two different environments in my time as we moved floors as a department.
At first I was on the fllor with Marketing and it was relaxed but quite buzz-y. Lots of people coming and going and quite fun due to the nature of marketing. We then moved to the finance floor which was much quieter but still very friendly. It's not the most corporate company, uniform is jeans and a smartish top usually and I regularly bumped into the head of Warner UK in the lifts! Everyone lives by thte work hard, play hard philosophy. There are lots of nights outs, premieres and screenings, fun days and activities to get involved in if you want to.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It's very well organised as it's been going for so long. My role changed 6 months in so I had a few months when I was a little bit in limbo in terms of my job spec but I was still busy with things to do! The actual structure of the internship was great.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Regular courses to hone skills and optional courses if you wanted
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They don't offer grad jobs but previous interns will be among the first considered if there is a job opening. I'd defimnitely come back if the opportunity was there.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The intern group tend to be pretty close as many of them live together and socialise regularly with eachother
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's London so it's going to be expensive but there are cheaper areas and you get to know where's good for drinks/food. Anywhere between £600-800 seems to be the general amount for living and travel costs. You can live wuite happily on your wage.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It's central London so there is lots to do close by. Covent Garden, Oxford St and Soho are all very much within walking distance.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again, you're in London so there's opportunities everywhere. Warner has it's own football team and they encourage volunteering.