Communications Associate at BAE Systems

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Glasgow Scotland
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Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Advertising Aerospace/Aviation Armed Forces/Military Business Analytics Journalism Market Research Marketing Public Relations

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9.3/10

The Role
9.5
Organisation
9.6

Socialising

8.8

The Role

Role Description

Communications Associate - Internal and External

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

I really enjoyed my internship with BAE Systems. I was kept busy with work and everything I was given was relevant for me to undertake. The internship has helped me grow as a person and understand the realities of working for a multi-national company, and I would definately love to go back and work for BAE Systems. I reguarly helped organise events and vistits which was really interesting.

10/10

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

My colleagues were absolutely fantastic. I immediately felt accepted and everyone was extremely supportive, and always willing to help me out. I felt I valued as I was continuously told I was doing a great job and if anyone had any recommendations or criticism, I welcomed it. I felt like I was on the same level as everyone else.

10/10

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

I couldn't have asked for a better manager. She was extremly supportive and no question was silly to ask. I felt if I was unsure of anything, or didn't know who to ask about something, I could ask my manager and get the correct response right away. My manager continuously made sure I was on track with objectives and I had enough work to keep me busy.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I work quite fast in general so sometimes I finished tasks earlier than expected. Whilst I usually strived to obtain more work, I still sometimes had some spare time. I would put this down to me working at a fast pace through projects however, and not that they couldn't give me anything to do.

7/10

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

I like to take on quite a lot of responsibility and my internship delivered. My manager and colleagues were quite happy for me to do things myself and lead on certain tasks, however if I felt I was given too much responsibility (which I was never overwhelmed by being given an entire project to do) I know I could have asked colleagues to help out to reduce my personal responsibility.

10/10

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

I really feel I have grown as a person through completing this internship. I was trained to facilitate focus groups amongst other things, which I feel will benefit me, espeically going into my final year at university. My writing style has changed and I understand better how to structure plans and documents.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Generally the atmosphere was good. There were times it was full and chat was in full flow while we worked. Obviously when we had to work to a deadline, chat in the office lowered but there was never any tension in the air and everyone got on extremely well. Generally, there was chat throughout the day.

10/10

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

Extremely well. My manager was fantastic at having everything set up for me arriving, including workload and notepads, and I obtained a laptop on my induction day. However, there were a few things that weren't set up like my staff scheduling system until a few weeks in. This didn't present too much of a problem however as I could do it manually.

9/10

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

I was continuously given a lot of responsibility and training within my role. I was constantly invited on visits and to conferences and underwent a few training courses. I felt everyone I worked with helped me develop personally and it was great to have that support there.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
9/10

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

I would love to come back to the company, and I would especially love to come back to my particular department. The company tries hard to attract indivduals and I really think they are worthwhile. I hopefully will be applying for a few of the graduate schemes this year.

10/10

Social

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

Other interns and industrial placement students constantly organised social outings. On the first day of my induction I was invited to an evening meal with my fellow interns and IP's to get to know each other better. There was also a 'subcrawl' planned a few weeks later. Off our own backs, we had a few nights out and meet ups, which I enjoyed.

8/10

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

This is one question which didn't really apply to me. I still lived at home and commuted by car each morning, so I didn't need to fork out for rent or food etc. Glasgow in general is a bit expensive and from my understanding, the other interns rented flats which cost around £450/500 per month. However as said, I didn't need to rent.

9/10

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

Glasgow generally has a great nightlife. My office wasn't based in Glasgow City Centre but the town was only about 20 mins away by bus. There are special student nights in town which is cheaper than weekends. The west end isn't too far away from the office which you can go to after work if you desire.

10/10

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

I'm not entirely sure what this question refers to. If it refers to getting involved with socialising activities with colleagues and other interns, then there were quite a few opportunities, for example going out after work. I didn't partake in any other opportunities aside from this.

8/10

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