1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at GE, the range of projects I was able to work on was great. Going into GE your options are wide open, so if you would like to work on something have that discussion with your manager.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt really valued by my colleagues, I was working on one project where I was requested for an extra couple weeks as they thought they needed my skills on their project for a while longer.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and I had regular 1-1 meetings on a weekly basis to discuss where I was, if I had any challenges or if I needed any support either with my projects or in general.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always had something to do, if I didn't I would generally go out and find some work or ask my manager for some work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
There were times I was given a lot of responsibility but time where I sat back, I felt like this was the right mix as coming in straight from university for me was a big change.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have achieved a lot of valuable life skills, technical and interpersonal. GE really believe in there employees and want them to succeed. I learned about new techniques and putting into practice things learn at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great friendly atmosphere I always had someone to talk to whilst still being in a productive work environment, at times it may of been more demanding but you are supported throughout.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Quiet well organized, the first few weeks I wasn't doing a great deal and there were problems with my setup, however once these were sorted it has been relatively well organized.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given regular personal development training, ways I could improve as well as learning about techniques and new methods in my field.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
My placement has a graduate scheme which follows it, and although there will be competition for that role it would be great to come back as I will be able to work on bigger and better projects and have more responsibility.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes! There are a few placment students throughout my site, and then we also go out with the graduate scheme people meaning a lot of U25s having a fun time, whether it be games night, or down the pub watching the football theres usually something.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I'd say it was average, like anywhere you can do it cheap or you can do it expensively, its just about knowing where to go.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was okay, not the best I have experienced but good enough to have a fun time.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There may of been but I didn't get greatly involved with it all.