Undergraduate Engineering Student - Device Development at BAT

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Southampton South East
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Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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5.8/10

The Role
6.0
Organisation
6.0

Socialising

5.2

The Role

Role Description

Device Development Team

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I enjoyed the placement as a whole and learnt a lot from the experience. The year had some periods where I wasn't as busy as others, but this is to be expected.

6/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

My colleagues definitely treated me as part of the team, I never felt left out. This was one of the most positive aspects of the placement. Everyone makes you feel welcomed, especially in the first few weeks.

7/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I think this has a lot to do with your relationship with your line manager and their respective grade. I got along very well with my line manager, so I felt at ease to discuss any issues. The slight negative was that he was has a senior role, so is busy, but I feel like he always tried to make time for me.

6/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was fairly busy, but as I've mentioned before, some periods of the year I was more busy than others. January to start of April was a little slower, but other than that, I was fairly busy.

6/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a good amount of responsibility, especially with my main project role. I feel that at times, my colleagues wanted to give me more, but I was inexperienced in certain tasks.

6/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I've learnt some things on a technical basis that will be useful in my degree. But the placement as a whole was not that technical, which I was fully aware before I started. I learnt far more 'soft' skills that are not taught in university, and I feel are more valuable.

5/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere in the office was very relaxed, and a good place to work.

7/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was well organised, with an established placement programme already in place. There are multiple members that are responsible for organising events, making sure the placement was well run; which it was.

7/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I was sent on various training courses and had access to a lot of training, so I feel that the company did support this well. I also believe that if you required any specific training, your team would definitely provide it.

6/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would consider coming back, if the right role opened up, but, I feel like the placement taught me where I want to work, and for me R&D may not be that place. But that doesn't mean it is not appealing for others.

5/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Overall the social scene betweek the students and colleagues was good, and if you made an effor you can have a very social year. It all depends on how well you get along with the other students.

6/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Cost of living and socialising was okay.

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The nightlife was fairly good, but in my opinion not the best. But, this varies from student to student; others enjoyed it a lot more than me.

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There are multiple opportunities, it all depends on the person, and how envolved they want to get. Football and the gym come to mind.

5/10

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