1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My placement was highly enjoyable and gave me insight into the defence industry and the workings of a large company. During my time there I was exposed to a variety of areas of the business such as large meetings, shipbuilding and equipment trials. I enjoyed the range of activities that I completed in my time there.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Over the course of my placement I got to know my colleagues quite well and felt well treated and highly valued by them as they gave me a look into their work, and helped me to understand how each of us contributed to the efforts of the company as a whole.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager gave me a great deal of support during my placement, and was constantly on hand to answer any questions I may have had. As he had previously managed interns before, he was very helpful, and anticipated many of the early challenges I came up against, allowing me to navigate them successfully.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to the large range of tasks and variety of people I was asked to work with, I was very busy on a day to day basis, with lots of tasks to complete. This meant I was rarely lacking for something to do and felt like I was fully integrated as part of the team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
In my placement I was given a fair degree of responsibility over several aspects of my team’s work. This included making updates to several internal documents, attending meetings with the customer, contributing to equipment testing and running my own meetings. These tasks put me in positions of responsibility and helped me to develop important skills.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As my degree subject is Physics many of the skills I have learnt and developed on this placement will not directly assist in my degree, however I feel at the very least my communication skills have improved which will make me more productive. The skills I have learnt here will be incredibly valuable to the jobs I have in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a friendly and not overly formal atmosphere, with lots of healthy relationships. This allowed for good productivity as me and my colleagues were more motivated to work, as we were supporting each other. This was exemplified by people frequently bringing cakes and other goodies back from various trips.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised, with induction for the first two days with all the interns, allowing us to get to know each other and build friendships. There is also a well-developed graduate scheme which the internship reviews feed into, meaning that there is a great deal of motivation as the reward of a job offer is highly enticing.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
As the defence industry is an area I am interested in working in after graduation, the placement has given me a great stepping stone into this industry, especially as they have a large graduate recruitment scheme. Even if I decide not to work in this industry in the future, this placement has improved my career prospects, wherever I choose to work.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The placement was very close to my family home, meaning it was highly convenient for me to travel to, and allowed me to save lots of money that I would have had to spend on rent. The area is not overly expensive and the cost of socialising and travel is cheaper than where I got to university.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
New Malden has a range of pubs and restaurants that are of good quality and contribute to the local nightlife close to the office. Kingston is also nearby and has several nightclubs and pubs which give it a vibrant and popular nightlife. Overall the nightlife near where I worked is very good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?