Writing technical documentation to allow for the release of new components and assemblies, as well as making required changes to structures for engines prior to an engine build for prototype engines.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Worked in a comfortable and friendly environment and given real life engineering work to complete.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Was treated just like a normal employee rather than a student, and their trust and confidence in my work was valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
If I ever had an issue, my manager was always there to support me. Had weekly meetings with my manager to discuss my progress and how to advance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Was given lots of different roles and responsibilities as part of my role,
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Was given real work from day 1, and since then I've been given responsibility for numerous different functions of the job role.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Although not necessarily relatable to my studies, the personal skills and engineering knowledge will definitely benefit me in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Colleagues were generally positive and upbeat, and happy to talk about topics related to work or things such as news and sport.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
They tried to ensure that all placement students had the same starting date and would all attend training sessions as a group. From there my management team made sure that my progression would be continuous throughout the year, giving me opportunities to try new jobs and tasks when I was ready to advance my knowledge.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
On the first day they dedicated a significant amount of time to ensure we got the required training to be able to complete our jobs. After that, I was only limited by my own decisions on what training I felt would be useful for my own benefit. I was allowed to research different training courses and ask if I would be able to attend them, and was often given the chance to go on them.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company is renowned for employing ex placement students in a wide range of different roles within the company. They offer bursaries to outstanding placement students after their year is complete, showing that they like to invest in hiring their students.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Placement students would regularly organise chances to meet up and socialise outside of work. There was also a social club at the company that would arrange for trips out at the weekends to various different locations, to ensure that there would be opportunities for everyone to go out and meet up with each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Didn't choose to live in the local area as I could stay in my previous university house with uni friends and drive to and from work. As for socialising in the area, there were a few places to go out after work and meet up with colleagues, but not as good in comparison to working in larger cities around the area.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
there are quite a few pubs that were around the area for colleagues to go to after working hours, but once all those closed around midnight there wasn't anywhere else to really go to. Spent most of our nights out in Northampton or Coventry where I lived for the year.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As mentioned above, the social club regularly hosted events outside of work for employees to socialise and go to different places.