It is hard to believe that I am almost half way through my placement at L’Oreal. These past 6 months have gone so quickly, and I feel as if I am just starting to get comfortable in my role.

My role at L’Oreal is the Marketing Intern for SkinCeuticals, a cosmeceutical company selling high-end skincare. There are over 30 brands in the company, each with very different marketing techniques. I do a lot of B2B (business-to-business) marketing in my role, as SkinCeuticals sells directly to clinics and medi-spas, and not often directly to customers. Although this is quite different to what I expected when applying for marketing placements, this has been a great learning curve! My everyday tasks include creating and designing marketing materials, managing our E-Learning site, and managing requests from our sales team.  I also help to manage new product launches, and we have a new product launching in February, which I am really excited about! L’Oreal also has great intern support. As well as going out to dinner they also arrange some great socials, including discounted nights out to London’s best clubs, sports socials and dinners. There are also loads of additional perks such as staff sales, discounts on all the products and great work parties!

Working in a full time role is so different to university, and it has been challenging. The transition from only having to look after yourself, to managing and working on a multinational brand is very intense at first, and there is a lot of pressure. L’Oreal in particular it is very fast-paced, which has been extremely challenging and has made me think about what kind of environment I want to work in after graduation. I have also had to deal with a lot of structural changes in my job because of the high turnover of staff at the company. A few members of my direct team have left and within my division there has been a lot of change. This is also very challenging, especially when you are only just settling in to your job role.

During the past few months I have learnt so much about myself and the way I work which will be so beneficial to my future. My belief was that this placement would help me choose what sort of job role and industry I wanted to work in. Although this placement has opened up a lot more questions about the job role I would like as I have had the opportunity to view many other roles, I love this industry and would love to continue working in it. This has been an amazing opportunity and I would recommend doing a placement to anyone who wants to. The process is tough and there have been times where I wondered why I did this! However my experience so far has been amazing and I can’t wait to see how the next 6 months go!