Working on the electrical power and propulsion systems for the type 26 global combat ship. The job involves taking a number of complex pieces of electrical equipment and integrating them into one complete system.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Of all the jobs I've had so far, this is the one that I feel I have gained the most out of in terms of personal development. BAE has definitely pushed for me to develop as an engineer. My team and colleagues in general have all been very supportive and willing to help or provide information on anything that I have needed. the only reason I've not rated as a 10 is because it can occasionally be a little stressful in a busy department, but I think that should be expected.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have felt valued by almost all of my colleagues I was nervous starting at first, but everyone has been very friendly and it's been easy to socialise with almost everyone that I've met.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
BAE as a company and my manager specifically have pushed very hard for any sort of development opportunities that I can get involved with, these sometimes feel like you're getting thrown in at the deep end, but the experience I've gained from BAEs support and guidance and the push from my manager to get involved with as much as I can has been invaluable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most of the time I find myself with plenty to do throughout the day and almost all of the tasks I've had to work on have been interesting so even when I have a lot on, it doesn't usually feel overly stressful. That said, there have been a couple of occasions where I've felt like I've got slightly too much or too little to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel Like I've been given as much responsibility as it's possible for me to take up with my understanding of what I'm working on, I've been involved in major contract writing, defining testing scenarios, scope of equipment and many more quite high priority tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As I've mentioned, I feel like BAE have really invested in me as an employee allowing me to get on various schemes for personal development and has helped me to develop many transferrable skills and a far more positive overall attitude towards work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in general has been extremely friendly and a nice place to work, it's quite enough to work without being majorly distracted, but never feels uncomfortable and people always welcome a chat.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I'd say that this was potentially the area for improvement within my placement, due to security issues, it can take a while before you can log onto the network and actually get to work and there's also occasionally some minor administration issues, but on the whole, generally still very good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Feel like I'm repeating myself a little here, but BAE opened up a huge variety of training and development opportunities for me to take part in, I feel like BAE as a company are putting quite a lot of effort into trying to develop the workforce.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Without wanting to tempt fait (as I've not yet completed my placement), at the moment I'm extremely hopeful of returning to BAE to start up a place on the graduate scheme after I've completed my degree.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
They're mostly very nice people, and we meet up often to socialise, not necessarily going to kid myself and say I think I'll stay friends with all of them, but there's a few whom I'll definitely keep in contact with after my placement.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Housing up in Glasgow compared to when I was living in England has been so cheap! A night out is still roughly the same sort of price as it would be back in my home town, but this question is very much dependent on what you're going out to do for a social situation... There's plenty of option of things to do anyway, whether you're looking to splash some cash or find something cheap and cheerful, you'll find something fun to do whatever your budget.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Glasgow has been great for a night out! lots of clubs, lots of pubs, lots of bars and lots of live music just for a start and it's always a friendly atmosphere, people are always willing to have a chat and haven't met a nasty person at all in my time here...
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There's loads of opportunities about, BAE often emails you to let you know about educational ones as well. There's plenty to do, you just have to get yourself involved.