Role requires a knowledge of Cummins' systems to be able to extract, analyse, and package data to provide accurate and effective reports.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Cummins is said to have very good placements schemes, and it is worth trying to get a placement there. It is a definitely great company to work at. I did enjoy my placement in this company, gained a lot of cross functional learning experience. I have grown as a person a lot during this year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
One of the best things about Cummins is people that work there. There is a great atmosphere at work and everyone is very welcoming and nice. The amount of support I was given not only within my team but also from other functions is enormous which I am really grateful for.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given the opportunity to have few managers, which for some might be a disaster (it was for me at the start), but it is definitely great learning experience having managers with different management styles. Firstly, I had someone who was always by my side, being present at office every day. In the middle of my placement year my supervision changed to someone who travel on business most of the time, which taught me working remotely, and also I have been given a lot of responsibility. Being supervised by two different type of managers with different knowledge was truly learning. I have been given a lot of good advises and direction that helped me develop as an employee.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would say my workload was moderate. There were times when I was too busy and times when there was not much to do, which for an intern is good learning opportunity. Having a work balance is always good. However, times when you are very busy teach you organization & working under pressure, while not having much to do, teaches you to teaches you to value the spare time in order to do some online training and proactively seek for development opportunities.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was give a lot of responsibility during the year. Certainly, there was always some level of supervision, however I got to lead some of the projects which was great learning opportunity, where I had to take responsibility for my decisions. I was treated like any other employee, I was given valuable piece of work to do in order to give value to the business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Anything challenge thrown at me was a great learning experience, some of them more enjoyable, some of them less. However the key thing to understand while being on the placement is to take everything as a learning opportunity. I believe that through this year I have grown a lot personally and professionally. Generally I became person confident with her skills and abilities.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Generally, the atmosphere at work was very good, everyone was very nice and supportive. Depending on the situation, the atmosphere was changing, at some point it was really tough, but at the end of the day we are all one big team, being there for each other, which is great.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I believe everything was very well organised for placements.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Everything was well organised. I had a chance to develop my soft skills through day-to-day work as well as via official training. I was also given opportunity to learn Six Sigma tools with one of my colleagues which I think is really great! I have been given opportunity to see customer, deal with suppliers, being part of important conferences - this is always a great training - how to deal with external people.
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?
I believe I have shown through my work and approach that I am valuable employee. Having shown interest in coming back, at the moment I am awaiting an interesting job offer to come out that I could apply for. I am sure I could learn a lot from this company in the early stage of my career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Together with placement and graduates we created a big group of friends that allowed us to network outside of business hours. I believe certain friendships will remain for longer than just a placement year. It is really important to have some friends around, especially when you alone in a different, new city.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I would say cost of socializing was OK, it was not too expensive. However from the student perspective it is always too expensive. Cost of living was OK as well. The city I was based in is very nice and green, situated closely to London which is always a convenience. There was also a good connection with other cities via trains which are not very expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is not many places to party in the city I was based in, however it is people that make party better not a place. If you go out with a great group of people you will have fun! However I am not the best person to talk about it as I did not go out much.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are plenty of gyms around the city, some of them having swimming pool. There were also activities that were organized through work that people could attend like yoga, football, badminton. There is also ParkRun organized for running lovers. There are also plenty of routes for cycling which I think is amazing.