Full name: Laura-Ann Royal
Year of graduation: 2015
Business department worked in: Compliance and Legal
Length of placement: One year
Toyota Blog: Hi Laura-Ann, tell us a bit about your role within Toyota
Laura-Ann Royal: My role is supporting the Legal and Compliance team on day-to-day legal activities. I am responsible for reporting, confirming training completion among new and existing Toyota staff, as well as assisting with internal and external audits.
TB: What projects have you worked on and particularly enjoyed?
LAR: A presentation on homologation for Quality Month in November! I knew nothing about it before I began but know all about it now. I was able to join the project right at the beginning, and worked on producing materials and giving feedback to the presenter before the day
TB: What have you learnt during your time at Toyota?
LAR: How to interact with people professionally, how to prioritise, time manage and get things done to a deadline.
I have more confidence to ask someone if I need help – I learned to create links throughout the business so that I could go directly to someone for assistance later and therefore find the solution to a problem faster.
TB: How do you think you have changed during your time at Toyota?
LAR: I’m more confident.
TB: What has surprised you most about your placement?
LAR: I thought that this role would be solely focused on legal work, but it has let me see how the legal work integrates with the wider business. I have been able to understand the implications of non-compliance for the business and also how to take a pragmatic, business focused approach rather than just the pure legal interpretation. It’s made me much more commercially aware.
TB: Would you do your placement again?
LAR: Yes, definitely.
TB: What would you say to someone who may be considering a placement with Toyota?
LAR: Be prepared to interact with people across the business, not just in your own department. There are lots of opportunities to get involved outside your area, it’s not restricted.