I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement experience over the past year at Nissan (NMUK). From the outset my department were very friendly and welcoming , instantly making me feel like a part of the team. Within the first month I had high levels of responsibility and was trusted to host and attend supplier meetings by myself. My department were always happy to help me if I required assistance and no task was too big or small.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year working at Nissan in Sunderland. I never dread coming into work as I always knew I'd be walking into a relaxed friendly atmosphere. People both inside and outside of my team were always helpful in explaining things I didn't understand and always treated me as an equal. There was always opportunities to challenge myself and learn something new, I never felt held back and if I had any ideas for improvement I was actively encouraged to put them in place.
I enjoyed having the opportunity to work for Nissan in the Homologation and Regulations department. Learning about all the regulations and compliance for a vehicle in development to ensure that for production the vehicle is fully certified to be sold to customers. The work provided me real insight across all departments involved with the vehicle development as they all play a role in confirming the car (and its associated parts i.e. glass, tyres or lights) met the required standards of safety.
As an engineer working in a project management role, it was less technical than I would have liked. Though my networking and social skills have certainly benefitted and I can't fault the people that work here for a second. They're all so helpful and lovely, and do their best to make sure you're kept engaged.
It was very good. The diversity of challenges and opportunities available every day was quite vast. Also the people I worked with were all very friendly, approachable and helpful. Because of the relationships I was able to build with my colleagues, it meant I could meet them outside of work and do sports or other activities.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement and found that I learned a great deal more than I expected to. My work was engaging and interesting, and the level of challenge was appropriate most of the time. I would however argue that occasionally I found myself with a workload too small to last me the course of the day.
Not always something to do, but everything I did was interesting and genuinely useful or worthwhile. I was made a real part of the team, and not just someone to delegate the less enjoyable tasks to. My understanding of business culture and work ethic have both grown exponentially as a result.