1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am doing a business administration apprenticeship at Unilever and specifically working within the global marketing function. On a daily basis my role within a larger team of social analysts is looking at what our consumers have to say about our product through social media. To do this I use many online tools to help me look through what people are saying about the products in real time. I then will use another tool to work out whether the comments are positive or negative and therefore work out whether people like the product or not. A recent project I have been working on is collecting all the reviews of every product from every available online source. This helps the business to see quickly which products are favoured over others.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills within IT such as programming and advanced excel. I have also developed my people skills as working in a office environment is very different to college!
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme I am on. I work within a great team that treat me like a another team member which is really nice as I am the one still learning. The company is an excellent as they try very hard to incorporate the apprentices into everything they do. The apprenticeship went above my expectations as I am work on a daily basis that I feel is actually helping the business.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
I feel highly valued by Unilever as I am receiving great comments from my manager and also great comment from the director of the whole team!
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel my apprenticeship is very well organised as the employer understands that as an apprentice we are here to learn the knowledge they already have so they make sure someone is always there to help answer any questions.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have monthly catch ups with my assessor from my training provider and feel that she is very helpful when I comes to helping progress my work for the qualification.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive lots of support from my employer and I feel comfortable asking them questions both about in and outside work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well as I am still living at home and my only expense is train fare and food.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes I have already been sent to workshops with twitter and facebook and have just come back from a team trip to visit the Liverpool office.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Great experience and really helps to develop a wide variety of skills
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *
Make sure that you are yourself during the application process because that's one of the main reasons you will be employed is how personable and willing to learn you are as currently you cant show that you know everything as that's what your there fore!
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