1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoy coming to work as I seem to do something different everyday. I feel the work is interesting and I am therefore motivated to learn! My work placement allows me to explore different areas of software engineering in a supportive environment. I feel I have learnt a lot and gain valuable experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have felt part of the team from day one. Our team has regular stand up meetings, team meetings and retrospective meetings where I can get support, voice my opinion and get to know what the rest of the team is up to. I am trusted to complete tasks and work independently.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have been surprised by the amount of support my team have given to me. I can ask anyone a question at any time and be given support and direction. We have been given access to online training videos on Pluralsight as well as time for our team to take a few hours out each Friday to train either with team members or individually, following a course or activity. Other team's also do one off courses to explain particular topics related to company software. The support and guidance has been excellent.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always have a task assigned to me. The team I am in can work on a number of different projects so there is always something to keep me busy!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I began working on tasks that were quite small to introduce me to the software which was ideal for me due to my experience! Since then, I have been trusted to work on more difficult work as well as customer tasks. I have also been trained to use the company's machinery/products so I am trusted to set up machinery to test my own code.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt a lot of information and concepts at university about software development but having the opportunity to work on real production code at ASM has enabled me to fully understand different aspects of software development and why they are carried out. I have been introduced to new ideas and approaches to development as well as having the chance to work with more experienced developers that has allowed me to improve the quality of my code and be more confident in writing new code!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere of the office is chilled and motivated. Everyone is friendly. They are willing to answer questions and happy to help you if need be.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I feel that my placement has been well organised from the beginning. For example, due to how the placements at the company are arranged, it meant my first month was also the previous placements student’s last month so I was given support and guidance by an experienced student, which enabled me to settle in with ease. The company have provided equipment of a good standard for me to do my work and I have received on going training and information about the company and how to use the company’s products.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I have been given access to Pluralsight courses to improve my skills as well as dedicated time to use this resource, for 3 hours on a Friday . We are given time to take part in training workshops and technical talks.
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 enjoy my work placement a lot, so future employment opportunities at the company are appealing. There are many people who have worked at ASM Assembly systems for a long time which shows people do enjoy working here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The company hosts many social events around Christmas and in the summer as well as ‘team days out’ to socialize with other colleagues. There are a number of different sports and social clubs on offer to meet other people working in different areas of the business.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As mentioned the company do offer many sports and social clubs. As Weymouth is right next to the sea there are many water related activities on offer as well as different areas and restaurants/pubs to explore.