1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The industrial placement at BAE Systems was really enjoyable and a year well spend. I was given the opportunity to work in different departments with different people which allowed me to develop different skills and see different sides of the business. It was a great year for my personal and professional development.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From the moment I started till the moment I left I felt valued by my colleagues. This was the case in all the different departments I worked in. From the tradesmen on the shop floor, till people in higher management, people were really happy to make time for you, talk to you and give you advise.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were really supportive in what I did. They gave me the opportunity to chose my own placements and encouraged me to join training courses. They were always approachable if needed them and we had a monthly meeting to discuss progress and see if I needed any assistance at al.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For most of the time I was quite busy. It is well possible to stay busy as long as you take initiative and actively engage in the work within your department. Next to the work I always had the opportunity to do other activities such as trainings, STEM activities or side projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Right from the start I was given responsibility and straight away I didn't feel like some intern, but I felt like a normal employee. During the year the responsibility and task of the job increased. It really felt like I was part of the team, which gave the rewarding feeling that I was adding value to the company.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During this year I feel I've learnt more (valuable things) than during the years at university before that. My both my professional skills and soft skills increased and I learnt what if looked like working for a big company. I developed my skills with working in a divers team, presenting, holding meetings, sealing with responsibility, working according to a strict schedule and taking initiative. I've had a number of trainings from BAE to develop a number of skills, those trainings were really valuable
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was friendly and open.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was well organised. We started with a good introduction of the company and we were given an overview of our year and we were assigned to our first placement. After that we were given the opportunity to explore options for next placements in the company to find out where we would learn most and what placements were beneficial for us. This was really good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company put a lot of time and effort into our personal development and training. Our line manager was always looking after us to make sure we got everything out our placement we could. I also had the opportunity to go on a week-long outward bound, A two week business improvement academy, I was supported in getting my Lean six sigma green belt and I had a number of shorter training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is plenty of opportunity within the business to come back and develop myself. This starts with joining the graduate scheme after I finish university. Doing a year in industry gives a significant advantage over anyone else to join the graduate scheme or join the business and it is very appealing to come back.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We had a good group of fellow industrial placements who regularly did activities together. We hosted our monthly pay day dinner and did social activities on a weekly basis. Also the graduates were very friendly, open and happy to takes us on board with their activities. The introduction at the start of our placement helped with that.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was alright, The salary easily covert my expenses and I was able to save some money. Once I came here I joined a sports team which whom I did a lot of activities. This, combined with the activities with the people from work gave me all the social activities I was looking for.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was good. Glasgow is a great place to go out
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities, as long as you are open to it and actively engage in looking for these opportunities.