1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Learnt great new things, like new languages, working techniques and professionalism. I worked on a wide variety of projects, which constantly threw new challenges and kept my interest throughout the internship. The on boarding was smooth and I could get into the work straight away and was always pushed to do the best job I can.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I always felt like one of the team, was involved in team bonding exercises that got me to know my colleagues better. Managers where always on hand to help with any issues. When starting on a new project I was always welcomed and always felt appreciated when work was complete.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had regular meetings with my supervisors, where we discussed not only personal development but any issues with work (or lack of it). Any issues that arose where always sorted out there and then, meaning I could get on with my work. I always felt like I could talk to them about any issues I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On a daily basis I had many tasks I could be getting on with many different deadlines. We were taught to work in an Agile way meaning I never had a moment where I didn’t know what I could be getting on with next as there is always a small task to be getting on with in the meantime before bigger tasks became available
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility to take on many important tasks that were always used in projects. I created ways of making peoples jobs easier and was always involved in stand up meetings. Meaning I knew what was going on in the project and gave me a chance to input my ideas. Many of the tasks I undertook impacted the overall workflow
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I felt I could apply the skills I had learnt at University to real life situations, they became more developed as I had stricter timescales. This also meant I developed my timekeeping skills, a trait I can take back to and use at University. I also learnt how to be more professional in all work related situations
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A nice atmosphere was present in the office, there is always some sort of banter going on. Very easy to get along with other colleagues and the boundaries were always clear on what was acceptable and what was not. Along with this there was also a very professional manner when work had to get done
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Due to the site I worked on being secure, it did take a while to get fully on board and set up. However once the initial stage was complete there was always a constant flow of work and opportunities to get involved in many other work projects around the site
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company took a great interest in me, they wanted to quickly and early on find my strengths and weaknesses and build and develop them. It never felt like a selfish move from them, yes it meant they could gain the best from me in my internship but I gained personal development that I can use throughout my career at GE and beyond.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are many different paths into the business that are incredibly appealing and are focused on different types of roles within the company (Graduate schemes). This makes the choice of what I would want to apply for easier as I can see what it would entail and what I would get out of it.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
When you are employed by the company you are put in contact with fellow interns you will be working alongside during your time at the company. This was a good time to get to know them and make work life more fun. There are also activates at work that you get involved with, with other colleagues to get to know them a lot better.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I worked on a site in Cheltenham, and it has everything you need! Shops, gyms, bars etc. The cost isn’t too high and you can easily find a place to live for a reasonable price. Especially as you are put in contact with other interns a flat share is always a fun way to spend the year.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife is good in Cheltenham, with many bars and a few clubs to choose from. Prices expensive and the locations are close to the city center meaning travel is not too bad either.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The company runs many volunteer schemes that you can get involved in, that make you feel like you are giving back to the community.