To support the site with any issues with applications, provide general IT Support, Raise orders for the department, conduct audits.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I absolutely loved my placement. It provided me with lots of challenging work and encouraged me to broaden my horizon. Each day would bring new challenges and I had to learn the best way to deal with these. The organisation has a good structure for the placement students as well which I thought was excellent.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues would not refer to me as a student but a member of the team. They are understanding and know you are learning and are always happy to answer questions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor provided with a lot of one to one support and taught me a lot about the business. I would interact regularly with my manager as well especially to check on my progress and listen to any concerns I might have.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the time of my placement I was very busy as we were undertaking a huge project onsite. This was a fantastic opportunity and allowed me to work together with several different departments. However, if I felt I was getting swamped I could also speak to my supervisor to look to ease my workload.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during my placement. I would look after several different systems as well as conducting audits for the business. It was never the same thing over and over and there was always a new challenge to tackle.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have developed are invaluable and I will take them forward into my future career. I have improved my communication, organisation and my technical skills via this placement. Also working in this company has really enabled me to link my academically theories to real life business practices
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was relaxed and calm. It was open plan office and each department are in sections. This made it easier to communicate with other team members.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was really well organised. When I arrived my supervisor already had tasks lined up for me to do.Also for my role I had designated responsibilities which I had to do. Then I would start working with other departments on other projects or tasks they needed.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I did some internal training such as excel training and even got the opportunity to go on a 2 day project management course. A lot of the training came from working on jobs rather than formal training which personally I preferred. But if you wanted to do some training you just had to ask.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Cummins has really good track record with rehiring placement students. Two of my team members were previous placement students and returned full time after their degree. In some departments they don't have graduate roles but if you have impressed they make every effort to accommodate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
At the site I was working (Cummins Daventry) there were around 40-50 Placement students ranging from different departments. We created a facebook page for all the placement students and it was a great platform to meet and introduce everyone. Also there are some opportunities to work with other placement students on projects. It was really good to make friends with the other placement students.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Where the I lived (Daventry) the cost of living was a bit high put a majority of people either commute from surrounding areas, most popular being Northampton or Rugby which are a bit cheaper. Daventry is a very nice place but quite small and not much variety so if you are looking for a bit more it may be best to try Northampton.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Honestly, I don't go out much in terms of clubbing and don't drink but a majority of people go to Northampton, Rugby, Leicester.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Absolutely. There are a lot of work organised events like go karting which was fantastic as well meals out, football matches and night outs. Also cummins has something called EEEC. This is where they assign a minimum of 4 hours for each employee to do some volunteer work. This could be work with school children on projects, help the elderly or help with local garden projects.