Mechanical engineering placement student at BAE Systems Maritime Services.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a really great experience working for BAE Systems as I had the opportunity to work on my own projects and also assist other engineers with their projects. This ensured that I was busy and had a steady flow of work at all times. I got to meet people with a lot of experience in the industry who shared their views which was a great learning experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great! Work was the top priority but there was always a joke or two to lighten up the mood. There would be team outings and socials so that was a time to talk about other things other than work. My managers would always check up on everyone and would always be up for a chat.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were some issues here and there but I guess that will always be there. They were solved with urgency and they did not affect my work drastically. All the placement students were involved with the everyday dealings of the company so it could be seen that the placement was really well planned.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was free to do whatever training was available to me, regardless of how much it would impact my day to day activities. Learning was my top priority so nobody said no to any training courses I wanted to attend, unless it was completely irrelevant to my job or was extremely expensive. On top of that, there were a number of compulsory training courses I had to successfully pass to be efficient and effective at work which were assigned by my manager. I was also sent to a training course being held at another office which was a great experience.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
If a student performs really well during their placement year, they are offered a graduate role or another assessment centre. There are a lot of varying graduate roles to choose from and it is structured in such a way that the graduate can be involved with a number of businesses within the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The team I was involved with would have regular socials and outings which were a lot of fun. With that, the graduates and the placement students would organise a number of socials which were good fun as well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Everything was very reasonable and Portsmouth is a great place to stay. The weather is amazing (it does not rain often) and there is a beach to go to so could not ask for more.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I am not a "nightlife" person so I really do not know what it was like.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Outside of my engineering job, there were a number of activities to be involved with. It was really easy to sign up as a STEM ambassador for BAE Systems which gave me the opportunity to take part in a number of STEM activities throughout the year. This was a great way to meet new people encourage school/college students to be involved in STEM education. There were a number of volunteering experiences as well such as mentoring local school students.