Working in a power systems analysis team, analysing all electrical power systems on a submarine. This included all transmission distribution and generation parts.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the placement I was given. I had a long project that spanned the whole of the internship and it was my responsibility to organise myself. The work was challenging but helped me understand how my degree is useful in the real world. It also gave me a chance to see some really cool engineering projects.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did feel valued by my colleagues. They provided me with the right amount of support so that I was never struggling too much but they gave me responsibility and trusted me to complete my own work. They included me in all the team activities and really made an effort to help me fit in.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was really approachable and was always happy to answer any questions I had about work, or he knew who to direct me too. Everyone in the team helped in that supporting role and there were many people I could go to for advice or guidance. I had weekly meetings one-on-one to make sure that I felt comfortable and supported in the role.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always had something to do and if I didn't there was always extra work I could ask for. I had a variety of different on going tasks which meant that I could swap which task I did day to day so that I wasn't getting bored of the task. However I never felt overworked!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a large amount of responsibility, the task I was given was a real piece of work that would have been given to any other engineer in the team if I hadn't been there. I felt that the responsibility I was given was equal to full time employees but I always had support if needed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I understood a lot how project management plays a much more important role in the real world and that problems can't be solved ideally! There is a lot of compromise in business which I had never considered. I also got to see which parts of my degree were relevant and was surprised at how much was useful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was really relaxed, everybody was happy to have a chat and didn't take the job too seriously. They let people work in different ways as to what was comfortable. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The team I worked in got on really well and the good atmosphere made working go a lot faster. There was a huge variety of social activities and sports to get involved in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship could have been better managed, as the HR team didn't have very good contact with the department I actually worked for so sometimes tasks got a bit muddled up. There were lots of people involved in the organisation so sometimes it wasnt clear whose responsibility some problems were.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to attend development courses as a graduate would. I was also set a number of objectives and competencies to aim for during my placement. This was done so that I would not only have technical skills. There were extra resources if i wanted to complete further development
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a lot of variety in the work and the graduate scheme where you can try out working in different areas of the business seems good. There is also an option to return directly into a role similar to the one I did in the placement. However I found the location detracted from the benefits.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
From the start of the placement we were encouraged to get to know the rest of the interns and it really helped knowing people before I started. We had regular social meetings and spent of lot of our free time together. The graduates at the company invited us along to their events and made us feel really welcome.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was cheap, being up north meant that the wage went a lot further so we were able to take part in social activities. The only negative was that the short term accommodation was quite expensive as the prices had gone up to take advantage of contractors visiting the site.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was average, there were a lot of pubs but not that many bars or clubs. The busy nights were at the weekend and sometimes it could be really quiet in the town centre. There wasnt a wide variety of options for things to do in the evening so I tended to go to the same pub a lot of the time.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were lots of social activities run and sport clubs that I was invited too. Other social events in the area were promoted to us and we went along as a group to a lot of public events like carnivals etc. Being close to the Lake District meant that lots of people did outdoor sports