Each year Unilever takes on group of placement students across our various functions and gives them the opportunities to work on some great brands or with our customers on particular accounts. Currently we run several placement schemes, so whether this is for a couple of days on our Spring program, or a longer term summer/industrial placement. Or if you are even thinking for a longer term career on our UFLP scheme, we can find something to suit you and your passions!
As we are now well into the 12 days of Christmas, we thought it was only right to share our 12 pieces of advice from some of our current Industrial Placement students and Unilever’s Future Leaders:
Here you’ll find our A to Z of tips for applying to Unilever. Some tips are general, some are more specific and some are not just applicable to your initial application but also the rest of the process. We hope they give you some help and reassurance in seeing the application through. Enjoy!
Hi all! My name is Charlotte and I work across the many deodorant brands in the Personal Care category. Currently I am 4 months into my marketing Industrial Placement and based in Leatherhead, UK.
Within deodorants, Unilever has a diverse and broad portfolio each suited to different lifestyles, demographics and passions. Some of the brands I have assisted on include: Sure, Dove, Lynx and Impulse.
Today, I am going to give you 3 reasons why Personal Care is a great category to be involved in:
Unilever receives many applications each year from budding graduates and placement students hoping to get a piece of the action in the world of FMCG!
If you are successful in securing a graduate/placement scheme you will be placed in one of our categories… but do you have a preference?
Unilever offers much excitement, learnings and opportunities across all categories so wherever you are placed we guarantee a great and unique experience 😀
Jolanda, a Assistant Brand Manager within the Food Category tells us about her experience…
Hi, I’m Maria. I study economics at the University of Bath and am currently an IP on the Finance scheme.
My last blog post was about my experiences in Brand Development for Homecare, which involved business partnering a marketing team and working on everything from
business cases to brand strategies. Over the past few weeks I’ve transitioned from that role to working as part of a project team with external consultants to streamline our cost recovery process. It’s been a strange feeling joining a new team and feeling totally clueless all over again! I’m still based in our Global HQ in Central London, which is a really buzzing office to work in- not to mention being in a perfect location for socializing after work. Read more “6 months down the line: Maria Snowden, Finance IP”
Hi my name is Raji and I am currently an undergraduate placement candidate, in marketing at the wonderful world we call Unilever. I study Business and International relations at Aston University. I have worked in retail as a part time job for many years mostly at phone shops, so I enjoy a good sale and definitely love the evolving world of technology. Read more “6 months down the line: Raji Khaira, Marketing IP”
As some of you may be approaching selection board interview time, I thought it would be a great opportunity to revive a previous blog and make sure you’re fully prepared for the final stage in the UFLP and internship selection process. Read more “Guide to Selection Board Success”
After some pushing from my friend Diana, here I am writing a blog post on my experience as a ULFP in Supply Chain!
I joined the scheme in September 2015 and I’m about half way through my first rotation as a Customer Replenishment Specialist for Tesco, Dunnes and Musgrave. Never heard about the last two? Well, that’s because I was lucky enough to be put up in our office in Citywest Dublin!
Hi everyone, my name is Clodagh and I’m now almost six months into my year-long placement with Unilever, working as Process Development Technologist within the Ice Cream Category. My role involves working on a number of short-term projects both alone and in a team, with the overall aim to apply an engineering approach to develop, evaluate, and improve processes used to make ice cream across the company.
As for most, the thought of leaving the security of university and starting a full-time job was very daunting. However, thinking back now to what I anticipated a workplace to be like, I could not have been more wrong! I quickly learnt that the ‘real world’ wasn’t quite as intimidating as I expected it to be; not once did I get laughed at for asking a silly question or for getting lost in the offices. Instead, I was greeted with a smile from everyone I met or passed by, and quickly felt like part of the team.
My first week with Unilever was spent taking part in the Ice Cream Technology Course, a training week run annually, which is aimed at newcomers to the category. This meant I gained vital knowledge on every area within the Ice Cream category, as well as having the chance to network with many others based in Ice Cream across the globe.
One thing that surprised me most during my first week – and still surprises me up until today – is how much time and effort goes into the development and production of an ice cream!
Gelato Flavour Profiling
One of my main projects so far has been based on the flavour profiling of a premium gelato company. Seeing as gelato products are so focussed on flavour delivery, this work was important in establishing the flavour profile of current products, as well as seeing how this compares to competitor products.
This was a very technically challenging project, which involved running trials in the pilot plant here at Colworth, as well as analysing the flavour profiles of samples using Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry. This project taught me that even if the work you are given is not something you have directly learnt about at university, you have to apply the skills you have and use your initiative to research and learn about a whole new area of study.
My biggest achievement so far on placement was a result of this project – the huge improvement in my presentation skills. After only ever presenting once at University, I was always very nervous at the thought of having to stand in front of a big group and present alone, but practice makes perfect! After a number of smaller presentations, I was trusted to present my findings to Supply Chain, an important customer of the Ice Cream category, and to a Senior VP in the company.
Life in Bedford
During my placement year, I am living in Bedford – a relatively small town around 60 miles north of London. Getting used to living in a new town where you don’t know anyone is always difficult, but by joining clubs outside of work it didn’t take me long to feel at home.
One of the best things about working full-time is having weekends to yourself – with no guilty thoughts that you should be finishing that assignment for university – so I try to make the most of them! I like to spend my weekends exploring the local area and visiting friends all over the country.