A northerner living down south
Last week I started my internship at Kraft Heinz in London. London is just like marmite and luckily I’m loving it (apart from my accommodation which is unbelievably expensive, though very cheap for London). I have a dodgy mattress, share a bathroom with 5 others, the shower and oven are broken, and have the smallest box room. But thankfully there’s too much for me to do in London to ever be in my room! I’ve been here a week and made unforgettable memories, amazing friends and have never felt more at home. I forget I’m working!
My internship is 10 weeks and I’m working at Kraft Heinz offices in the shard. My friends at KPMG, Goldman, Barclays etc. have very different internships to mine; neither experience is better but I am definitely better suited to my internship. I have just one project to complete with regards to consumer insights and finance which although extremely challenging, I’m enjoying a lot! It’s essentially my project so I arrange my own meetings, decide what to do and who to talk to. I really like the performance based, meritocratic culture at Kraft Heinz as I feel resposible for my work and want to do well. We are encouraged to share all of our ideas and my line manager always wants me to challenge his views and opinions. I have made amazing friends with the other 10 interns- we’ve had nights out together, watched all the football, have lunch out every day and been for a lot of after work drinks.
With regards to life outside of the office, it’s so different each day. As I write this I’m on a train to Luton (I’ve never visited Bedfordshire before), though normally I’ll cook tea and watch love island/ meet up with either uni friends or the other interns. I’ve been to a ping pong bar, a lot of spoons, Hyde park, Leicester Square, Canary Wharf, London Bridge and sooo many other places. For me, this internship is to learn about what sort of job I want to go into and whether I can see myself living in London. Although I’ve been here a week, I love it! Yes, I miss the northern prices and friendliness; in London I get stares if I say morning to strangers or shout thanks to the bus driver from the back doors as I get off. However, I feel as much at home here as I do anywhere else. The people really help and it’s so important to stay sociable in London as my Dad has always said "London is the busiest yet lonliest place in the world". I’d really recommend applying to an internship somewhere a bit out of your comfort zone as initially I applied to jobs in Manchester and really glad I branched out to London. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks: my family are coming down to come to the Kraft heinz friends and family BBQ, the world cup, and celebrating my birthday down south.
This blog is just a bit of a diary chatting about my experience so far but I’m very happy and definitely making the most of it! I’m also learning the importance of ‘me time’ and making sure not to do too much. The past couple of weeks I’ve said yes to everything as there’s so much to do but it’s easy to get worn out with such a busy lifestyle. This experience is amazing and I can’t wait to see what the next 8 weeks hold!
I hope everyone is having an amazing summer and see you all soon 🙂 x