1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I've really enjoyed my time with GE. I have been able to have independence in my choice of projects and a large part of my role has involved communication with I have liked.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have often felt like a normal work colleague and get on well with the people at my site.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
If I needed support, my manager was always happy for me to go in and have a chat which has suited me well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have spent the year being very busy which I have enjoyed as I hate having nothing to do. Occasionally, I have experienced a bit of stress because I felt I had too much on my plate but I have always managed to either complete the work or get help from a co-worker.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been given quite a bit of responsibility throughout the year. The top level important jobs have mainly been handled by the EHS specialist but I have been able to participate in quite a lot.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I started the internship not having a clue about environmental health and safety and have ended the year knowing a lot. I have gained skills mainly through practical experience rather than formal training although I have completed some formal training.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office I'm in is really fun and chatty. We are allowed to wear headphone to listen to music so if I want to concentrate on something this helps me not get distracted.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was quite well organised. Before I arrived I didn't really know what was going on but as soon as I started it was all fine.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
This year they began a few intern programs to aid our development. Every quarter we meet with the general manager and present what we've been doing on our long term projects. Every two weeks we meet with two senior managers to discuss our ideas for improvements around site. We then get matched together to make these improvements into projects.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
GE really like to invest in their interns and the idea is that the internship is kind of a trial run so if you are good it is likely you will be hired in a GE job if you apply. There are lots of graduate schemes and leadership schemes, part of the desired qualifications for these schemes is a GE internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are a total of 7 interns for this year and we have made friends and do things socially outside of work. There are a few events that are organised at work but most of the things that we do are organised ourselves.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I work in Farnborough which is close to London so it is an expensive area. I live in Reading and pay £695 for a 1 bedroom flat (share with my boyfriend) and £160 monthly on the train. A pint usually costs between £4 and £5
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife isn't very good in Farnborough. Nearby there is Reading or London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Weekly sports clubs (badminton, football, kayaking and running) are available for anyone to participate. We had a big Christmas party which was great and a BBQ over summer.