Placement diaries: being ‘the intern’ and my new love for skincare

Placement diaries: being ‘the intern’ and my new love for skincare

It seems that I’ve given myself a long blog break recently (oops). It has just been a crazy few weeks and I don’t seem to have stopped! I’m on a mission to create new content and a new series though so just bear with me whilst I find my feet and where I want this blog to go. Before long it will be time for another placement update!

But anyway, let’s get back to the actual point of this post – a July / August placement update. My time on placement is going by so fast, I cannot believe that I have now been at L’Oréal for 7 weeks. 7 weeks?! It is weird because I still feel so new yet it’s becoming very ‘normal’ and I feel very settled at the same time…..I bet that makes no sense but it does to me!

I’ve learnt so much more than I thought possible in 7 weeks and discovered that I find skin care fascinating. I find it so interesting to hear all of the do’s and don’ts and just how it all works. When I look back, I’ve always been fairly good (or as good as I thought I could be) with my skin but really I was so naive about what I used and why. I’d never taken much thought into what is right or wrong for your skin before. I mean, I don’t think that many people my age even think about it too much and it’s quite a ‘that’ll do approach’. But I am a complete convert now and I find each new fact even more interesting. I am lucky enough to be able to work across multiple skin care brands and during a short space of time I’ve learnt so much. I am in no way an expert but I never realised how interested I would become in skin care.

I can honestly say that I have loved my 7 weeks at L’Oréal. I may only be an intern for the year but I have been made to feel like such a part of such a large organisation. I think a part of you will always associate the word ‘intern’ with being temporary or at the bottom but L’Oréal have totally proved this assumption wrong – I’ve been made to feel like a ‘proper’ member of the team, division and organisation since day 1. The past 7 weeks have been the biggest but most rewarding learning curve. Coming into such a large, established organisation can be daunting – I definitely felt pressure. Working for and on behalf of such a well-known brand and brands. But I am so glad that I’ve been thrown straight into it. I always said that I wanted to be challenged during placement – it was never going to be easy. There is so much scope to grow and learn at L’Oréal, my team have shown so much trust in me and my capabilities already and everyone is on hand to help you out as and when you need it or to improve. Because at the end of the day, it is good to be challenged as long as you are loving what you are doing hey?

And I can definitely say that I love what I am doing and I think that I’ve definitely made the right choice. I have had the chance to experience so many sides to PR and see how it operates within such large brands. I’ve been completely immersed in all aspects of it. In just 7 weeks, I’ve been to three press events and networked with bloggers and journalists that I could only dream of meeting (and can we just appreciate that I’ve even been to the Ritz for a three-course meal?!). Throughout this year, I have one big project that I am being given control over and listened to about. To make that even better, it is in the part of PR that I find most interesting and enjoy the most – social media (could you have guessed?!). My job is so varied and that is what I love. I get to experience every step of the process, network, create relationships, take part in events, social, idea creation and have my ideas listened to. There is something so nice about seeing results and knowing you played the tiniest part in it.

Because studying for a degree like PR with a placement year is always tricky. You are quite literally dedicating four years of your life to something that you don’t know if you will like. That’s why I chose a placement in all honesty. But I can say that after 7 weeks I think I have made the right choice.

And then to make it even better, I have met the most amazing people and learnt so much about myself. The placement scheme at L’Oréal has around 100 interns so there is always someone in the same boat, new to meet or to have a drink with after work. It is not like you are going it alone! We regularly meet up outside of work and have our own little community going on which is nice. We tend to do a social every other week which is always nice to actually see everyone else – my division only has around 10 interns so it’s always nice to see everyone! And then let’s not forget everyone else in the company. I don’t really know what I expected but everyone is so welcoming and genuinely lovely. I have been placed within the best team and division and I count myself so lucky for that. I basically couldn’t have wished for a better group of people to work alongside (hey, who said that?! ;)).

Here is to the next year!



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