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Very much. It has gave me valuable insight over how a business works and also how I want to further my career after my Degree. The projects and the work were engaging and the people are great. There are also various social events outside of work with employees, helping you get to know your colleagues to make it a much more comfortable work environment.
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You start the placement year as an employee, not an intern. People rely and respect you to do things to your best abilities and are understanding If you do anything wrong. By the end of the year you are an essential member of the team and people are always complementing how various project would not have been possible without us interns.
They were not annoyed with you asking questions, in fact they encouraged it. They were always willing to help you in your projects/day to day role in any form necessary. There are also various training days throughout the year to help your core skills, and regular meetings were held to ensure that I was happy in my internship.
Very. There is always something to do and a project to work on, and if there isn't you can ask for more work and it will come to you. If you ever get tied back by a heavy workload there are always people willing to help to achieve the best possible result. My internship with Eaton has also greatly improved my time/project management to ensure that I work effectively and efficiently to get as much work done possibly throughout the day.
Quite a lot, I was in charge of project that had over $1 million dollars worth of product, I've also designed and edited various different product ranges, helped manage a temporary intern and also tested and completed fault finding on many different pieces of expensive equipment.
In terms of soft/core skills greatly. I am now much more comfortable talking to people and asking different questions, whilst also working outside of my comfort zone. I also have gained a much better technical insight, regarding engineering I have been trained and used various different tools and equipment which I would never previously of had the opportunity to do so at university. I have also gained a lot more knowledge on a variety of different software that will be invaluable for my degree.
Light hearted but professional. Everyone is very relaxed and willing to have a conversation, rather than sit in silence. Everyone is always moving around trying to ask help from many different people in different departments, so it's a great opportunity to meet new people and to learn something in the process!
From the start it was listed on when the various different training days will be held, what your projects will be over the year and what work this is most likely to detail. Also if any major changes happen across the whole business meetings are set up to ensure that you know about this and everyone is in the loop. However, work is a constantly evolving thing and it is hard to see what is around the corner, so it is very hard to prepare for this.
As interns many different training days are held throughout the year. These are mainly for core skills such as project management, Presentation skills and communication, but there are also more software based training such as excel training. Throughout the year as well I have also used much more technical pieces of software such as PLC Programming, Solidworks and AutoCAD that I have had training in to become familiar with these.
It's hard to say exactly as there are many different sites around the world that do completely different things. However, Eaton evaluates if there is a job role that has opened up that is suitable for you and will contact you closer to the time of graduation to ensure that you can take part within either the graduate scheme or get a full time job!
There are 5 interns on site that I see daily, which is helpful as they know exactly what you are going through and we all help each other throughout the job. also there is over 30 other interns I see throughout the year on various training events, or going to different sites, as well. Finally there are a few social events throughout the year or even clubs such as biking or football to get to know your colleagues outside of work.
My placement was 20 minutes away from my university I was in previously so I stayed in the accommodation I was in last year at university. however, if you are not as familiar in the area people at work are always willing to meet up afterwards to socialise and to help you get more comfortable to where you live.
Great! As stated previously I lived with all my university friends still so I knew a great many people and all the best places to go to throughout the area. the only difference was I had to make sure not to go out on the weekdays and only on the weekends!!
Yes there was, there was always somebody willing to meet up after work to socialise and go out! there are also clubs etc. at work to participate in and if there isn't one and you think you can make one, work will fully support you in doing this. Also meals were held in & outside of my department outside of work quite regularly to get to know my colleagues outside of work. And the Christmas party is Awesome!!!