Psychiatry and Infectious diseases marketing assistant.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement, it has been a mixture of hard work and fun. You are welcomed in to the company and treated exactly the same as an employee with the same rewards and responsibility.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I am a valued member of my team and am relied upon by colleagues for projects and tasks. Although I am only a student you are not perceived as inferior but encouraged to succeed beyond your age.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given constant support and advice throughout the placement. This varied from weekly catch ups to future career advice. I honestly felt they always had my best interests at heart.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As I worked across two therapy areas I was kept very busy, but this was supplemented with charity work and sports activities too.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The level of responsibility I had far exceeded my initial expectation but in a positive way. I am the lead on multiple important projects for my Business unit and am expected to work appropriately to achieve these work objectives.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
We received multiple training workshops varying from presentation skills to sales experiences which can only benefit my future career and degree. My skills have developed but also a structured work day has exponentially improved my work ethic and behaviour.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Janssen has an open door culture with all managers leaving their doors open. I sit opposite one of the Business Unit directors and often pop in for a catch up or if I need something.
In marketing, everyone is very helpful and supportive. Janssen's employees are very hard working and ambitious which sets a good example for you to follow.
The atmosphere is helped by an open office, pit stop areas and a subsidised Costa.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Right from the start we had an organsied two week handover and then were given tasks to get on with. The student placement scheme is an integral part of developing new talent at Janssen so is very well organised. It is not too rigid though and you are given flexibility to explore different areas you enjoy. E.g. I have been on multiple field visits with Account managers to see how our marketing projects are implemented.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invests a lot in the students. As previously mentioned I went on multiple training courses such as project management and marketing excellence. Janssen look to develop you throughout the year and encourage you to come back after graduation.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have thoroughly enjoyed myself but find the current graduate scheme too rigid for my liking. However, they are looking to change this in the future to offer more flexibility and other options apart from marketing.
The company encourage internal development, there are numerous success stories of graduates and students progressing high up the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I enjoyed various activities with the other students such as the 3 Peaks Challenge, and also made good friends with graduates too.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My rent was £325 per month for an average house, the one negative of this placement is living in High Wycombe as social activities are limited in the local area.
It is relatively cheap, regular trains go to London and there are students nights you can enjoy.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Yates, the White Horse (a must go), not far from London, multiple pubs in the town, Marlow and Henley are nice places to go for dinner or on the weekends.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Work football team who play once a week, multiple volunteering days.