1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role at Warner Bros. within the Creative Services team is a Junior Designer. We are a multi-disciplinary team that specializes in print, digital, video and motion graphics. Our main focus is to support the sales and marketing teams as they pitch, promote and support our TV shows across Europe.
We do so by creating and enhancing a variety of different media, some examples include: bespoke keynote presentations, brochures, digital graphics, and TV promos. There are also many opportunities for us to collaborate on much bigger projects throughout the year, such as internal and external company events.
Day-to-day usually includes replying to e-mails, answering phone calls, chasing up clients if necessary and any general office administration.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In my time at Warner Bros. I've learned many useful skills, such as: project management, properly liaising with clients and a lot of new technical skills with various types of software.
Specifically, I went on a training course last year that taught me the basics of Adobe After Effects, and how to create basic animations and motion graphics -- which in turn has helped me contribute better to related projects.
I have also developed on my communication and IT skills as well, which is great since we use computers and lots of software everyday.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting and knowledgeable people within the industry, which has given me some deeper insight into the business. It's also given a much broader perspective on what goes on behind-the-scenes to make a company so successful. Overall I would say I've enjoyed the experience very much!
4. How valued do you feel by Warner Bros.?
I feel very valued at Warner Bros -- there is a lot of internal and external recognition for the work that I have had the chance of helping to create. It's humbling to know that we have helped another part of the company or client in some way.
I am also involved quite often in most projects which I appreciate as I can contribute my skills to the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My program was structured well. I went through an initial induction phase before I started, and the proper training and support was provided effectively so that I had the best opportunities in my role.
I also had monthly workplace visits from an assessor where I updated them on my progress so far and if I had any issues or concerns -- which thankfully there were none.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have received sufficient support from my training provider for my apprenticeship. I always had the contact details of my tutor that I could talk to if I had any issues at work or with my course.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a great amount of support from my team and the company. I've taken many opportunities for internal training, which covered many different aspects of the business, and more specialized training, which is more relevant to my role.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my costs well. I live near to my workplace so, traveling, living and all my daily costs are covered sufficiently by my monthly pay.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work. Warner Bros. regularly holds after work events, anything from social drinks with employees to special invites to exclusive movie premieres in Leicester Square.
There are also many opportunities for volunteering which I think is great.
9a. Would you recommend Warner Bros. to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I think Warner Bros. is an amazing place to work because it looks after its employees and values all the hard work that they do every day. It's also a great multi-cultural company where everyone works together to create the best content possible for consumers and clients alike.
It has many great benefits too, like healthcare, many volunteering options, charitable work, opportunities to go to movie premieres and exclusive company events.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Warner Bros.? *
I think as with any job it is good to be confident with yourself and be eager and motivated to work in such a dynamic multidisciplinary company. Being passionate about whatever it is that you're applying for is also a bonus, as Warner Bros. really appreciates people that love what they do.
Knowing a little bit about the company and what they do (they don't just make films!) will also go a long way as it will show that you've really thought about the place where you'd like to work.
I think most importantly, whether it's an interview, work trial or your first day, keep your mind open and welcome any and all feedback so that you can develop and be the best possible version of yourself.
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