1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I think my placement year made a huge difference in my life. I got a confidence boost, I learnt new things, I developed a set of good skills (both engineering and business in general). I really enjoyed my placement and I'm glad I had that opportunity.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was surrounded by nice people, 90% of them were willing to help when I needed it. They did their best to make me feel comfortable in the company. I felt like an equal member of that BAE Systems family.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was always around to help me. If he couldn't, he always sent me to someone who can. I was given a choice what project do I want to support and then I was given all the help needed to develop useful skills.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was quite busy. I had a few projects to work on. I also used to help technicians when they needed extra hands. When not extremely busy I was allowed to do some university work or I was encouraged to read some books from the onsite library (work related).
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was trained on most of the equipment onsite so I was happy to carry on tasks. My boss was gradually increasing the amount of responsibility for me. He challenged my knowledge before allowing me to take on a task.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt how to work systematically, meet deadlines, sometimes work under pressure, plan my work. I believe that will help me at university. I also did gain priceless knowledge about munitions, which would be extremely helpful if I decide to continue my career in defence business.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People were positive, nice and friendly. I felt like a part of family.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were some difficulties during the vetting process, so the beginning of my placement was a bit weird (for example I was not allowed to see some things). I haven't met many Placement Students because there weren't many, but because of that I was usually treated like people from Graduate Scheme. I was allowed to attend their meetings.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was offered some courses, I attended some events good events. BAE Systems made me feel a vital part of the organisation. I see a big opportunity to develop myself in that company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I can join that company for a Graduate Scheme when I finish my course at university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Unfortunately in my area there wasn't many people at my age to socialize with. I had a chance only during charity events for early careers and graduate events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in a small village in Wales so not many places you can go to, but it was cheap. However by taking a cheap flat I agreed on driving to work 15miles every day. (You can probably find something closer to work if you don't have a car)
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The company is in a small Welsh village.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some charity events you can get involved in, also there was a chance to become STEM ambassador.