Industrial Placement Student at BAE Systems

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Glascoed Wales
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Engineering Science/Research

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7.5/10

The Role
8.7
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

4.8

The Role

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.

8/10

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.

9/10

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.

9/10

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).

8/10

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.

9/10

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.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

People were positive, nice and friendly. I felt like a part of family.

9/10

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.

8/10

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.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
8/10

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.

9/10

Social

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.

5/10

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)

6/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The company is in a small Welsh village.

2/10

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.

6/10