Mechanical engineer at BAE Systems

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Portsmouth South East
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£18,000 - £19,999
Design Mechanical Engineering

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The Role



The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

The tasks were varied so to keep me interested in the work I was doing.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Although it is kept in mind that you are not fully qualified yet and therefore need more guidance and assistance you are treated like a regular employee.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

The tasks given to me were to be self managed which was good for giving me responsibility. However, progress was regularly checked and if help was required, it was given .


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There can be days where there is little work to do depending on your team but there is always work available and most managers are willing to give out work when requested.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Engineering tasks were given for me to take charge of but there were also none engineering tasks that were trusted to myself and other placement students which varied the work.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Training was regularly given when needed and through working in an engineering environment I am more professionally aware and my knowledge has developed.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

In my first office it was small and therefore sometimes quiet but everyone was friendly and knew each other. Another office had around 200 people of different teams, it can be noisy and therefore difficult to concentrate but again people were always friendly. People were easy to talk to and not everything needed to be work orientated.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Not as well organised as the graduate scheme but still fairly organised. For example I was told my placement was to be separated into two different teams but the second placement was organised last minute and required input by myself. The application process was also a little bit lengthy and for some people there were hiccups along the way and people didn't know they had a firm offer until very close to the start date


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

If I could justify reasoning for training then it would be provided. Cost of travel, accommodation and food are all provided.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

In maritime services there is an assessment phase which involves delivering a presentation to a panel to decide if they want to ask you to come back onto the graduate scheme. They can ask for you to return or send you to an assessment centre. So there is an opportunity to return.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The placement students are encouraged to socialise with each other and get to know each other. We all got to meet each other within work a few times and therefore maintained friendships outside of work. Before the placement begins a facebook page is set up for all the new summer and year placement students so we can get to know each other.


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?

There is a reasonable nightlife in the area, Albert road is known for having a number of pubs as well as food places. There are also a few clubs nearby and more pubs near the guildhall. Portsmouth has a university and there is nightlife catered to them.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There aren't many outside of work activities organised by work but there are facilities in the area for the placement students to organise something amongst themselves. This includes social and sporting activities. There is also a beach nearby and museums.