Personally, the area I worked in was fantastic. I felt valued, i felt as if the projects I was working on were useful to the company, and innovative! The work environment is a little quiet, and sometimes it feels very much like ''office work'' but at other times I was making cool prototypes and trying out crazy machinery tests.
I thoroughly enjoyed my work placement with British American Tobacco. The offices are incredibly friendly, the support you get both with your work and your general well being is really good and your here with 10 other placement students! The level of responsibility I was given really pleasantly surprised me and day to day I have enjoyed this year more than my second year at uni.
I enjoyed every single moment spent in this multinational company including the tough ones because they helped me growing. My roles kept me extremely busy on a daily basis but they never seemed to put me down because the environment was fabulous which made the work easier. I had interesting and challenging tasks…this is what I loved the most!
The environment in the office is brilliant and the people you work with have a really good attitude towards work but also willing to give you advice and help whenever needed. This made the work and work load very much more enjoyable as I knew i wasn't far away for a friendly face.
I have enjoyed work at British american tobacco i had a developed a whole new skill set of both hard and soft skill as well as technical lab based skill that i would never had the opportunity to achieve just at uni. One of the real perks is that BAT take a large number of students so
Interesting job with plenty of oppurtunities to try new things and explore new areas not available during my degree. Work is challenging so it is hard to get bored. British American Tobacco provide oppurtunities to enjoy yourself outside of work including team meals, evening events (Bowling etc) and events (christmas party and christmas quiz). As the company has a large in take of industrial placement students there are plenty of people to enjoy the placement with.
The year has been great and certainly exceeded any expectations I had for my year in industry, Although I was based in Southampton, I regularly traveled to and worked in the Head Office in London and was given to opportunity to also go abroad with the company. I have met people both in and out of BAT from all over the world and have enjoyed working within a truly multinational company. Being the first student that has worked within my department, it has been a learning experience for both myself and my team.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my work placement with British American Tobacco. I have had the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of activities and roles within the company, with the help of a supportive manager and a wonderful team. I've felt like a real part of the company since the start, and have never been treated as 'the student'.
I thouroughly enjoyed my time here at BAT. Not only have I developed life long skills, i have been able to work with some really amazing people, gained knowledge and understanding and developed as an undergrdauate employee. I really enjoyed working in the laboratory, learning new techniques.
I really enjoyed my placement overall. I don't think there could have been many improvements made, to be honest, I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I have but I honestly would not change a thing! BAT invests so much in their students and the work we do is important to the company. It was comforting to be surrounded by people who are experts in their field and not just in the area of tobacco research but they have a lot of knowledge and a lot of advice that they are keen to pass on to the students which I thought was amazing!
Enjoyability wise, I think there isn't a lot of other experiences like it. Being thrown into the working world full time is a big wake up to the system. But the opportunity to mature and learn to adapt to the surroundings is a challenge most welcome and I would recommend to any university student.
For me, my placement year at BAT started tough. I was in a new place, doing completely new things with people I did not know. It took me a long time to get settled into the work environment and start to actually enjoy myself. I started off quite stressed out about what people were thinking of me and worrying whether I was doing enough. The key here is if your direct line manager is happy, then it does not matter what other people think of you too much as they do not see you all the time and do not know exactly what you are doing.