1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is a brand-new role to Warner Bros. and therefore my typical day is constantly changes. However one of my main responsibilities is to manage our internal Intranet, where we post employee stories and company achievements. I also help to plan and carry out Internal events, especially to promote a new release internally, this also includes managing the staff screenings.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Working in a corporate environment is totally different to where I have ever worked before, therefore I am constantly learning new skills. I have learnt life skills as well as skills that help me within my role such as time management and networking. Warner Bros. are really good at developing their staff and recently I had a Photoshop training session to help me understand the basics as I use Photoshop constantly within my role.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love working at Warner Bros. I have an amazing manager and she supports me within my apprenticeship and treats me as a full-time member of staff rather than an apprentice. I sit within the core of the business and always feel the buzz of the entertainment industry around me. I hope to take all opportunities that may arise at Warner Bros. and learn more about the company and the industry.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
In terms of Warner Bros. they're very organised and have a large cohort of apprentices and interns so are aware of time they need to give to apprentices and how to support them. I find it great that there is an apprentice within HR as she has been great to help me feel settled and understand the apprenticeship process. It took me a little while to start the qualification however this gave me a month to settle into the role and familiarise myself with my new work environment.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer, both from HR and from my manager. In my team there is only two of us so we work very closely together but I really like this as we get on well and if I have any issues I know I can always speak to my manager about them. We have weekly catch-ups where we look at my progress and can talk about aspects of my course I'm enjoying and what I'd like to improve on.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Initially the communication between myself and the training provider was quite slow and it did take a while to organise an initial meeting as I really wanted to get started. However it's good that at Warner Bros. there are other apprentices with the same training provider as myself and therefore I can speak to them about my experience and listen to theirs.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I have only handed in one piece of work so far for my qualification so cannot say that it has had an impact yet. However as I sit in an Internal role there are some parts of the qualification that need to be completed externally, I'm looking forward to these parts as it will mean working alongside other teams as well such as our publicity team and therefore I will be able to gain new skills and network more.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
In the couple of months that I have been here there have been a few social activities that I could get involved in, if you want to get involved in social activities or any other type of activity outside of work then you will definitely be able to at Warner Bros. As there is a good mix of young interns and apprentices it's really nice to meet other people your age through social events that you may not have normally met.
9a. Would you recommend Warner Bros. to a friend?
Warner Bros. is a really exciting company to be a part of and as an apprentice it still feels quite surreal. There are so many opportunities to get involved in and the environment really makes you work to a high quality standard and gives you a real insight into work. I really enjoy working here and look forward to coming to work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Warner Bros.?
If people are unsure of applying to Warner Bros. I would say that it's definitely worth the risk. I applied thinking there was no way such a big and successful company would take me on but they did. I think you should look closely at all the roles and ensure that the one you're applyng for really suits your character, if you're passionate about entertainment then Warner Bros. is the place to be!
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