The internship involved rotations and assignments between several aspects of maintenance (preventive maintenance, stock management and reactive maintenance) and improvement projects in parallel.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The workplace was friendly, supportive and ambitious, which is a great combination. It almost did not feel like a placement in the sense that GE allows your professional ambitions to be fulfilled. From running my own initiatives and projects, to standing in for my manager in senior management meetings, the internship allowed me to progress onto the next stage of my career successfully.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did not feel like an intern. I felt welcome and part of the team from the start.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was attentive and very approachable. In addition, we also held formal monthly meetings to discuss my progress in several projects and professional development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Working in maintenance, the work balance can shift unexpectedly when a machine breaks. Though you may have an ongoing project planned, the plan must change and your day must be re-prioritized. In this sense, it is difficult to plan a day, but the department does an excellent job in balancing the chaos (or calmness depending on the day) and fun. It was almost impossible to be bored because if there are no unexpected breakdowns, there are projects to carry out.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
GE does an excellent job in recognizing that individuals need senior management exposure during their internships. In this sense, I was allowed to run my own projects to improve the department, carry out my Green Belt certification and run the department, standing in for my manager. This meant holding responsibility for shifts and ensuring machines are available for production and reporting to senior management.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
After graduation, I made the decision to take an internship to be able to enter the Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP) with GE instead of other graduate programs. The internship was extremely successful in the sense that it confirmed my positive opinion of GE and it provided me the knowledge, experience and network at GE that allowed me to progress in my career through a successful application for the OMLP.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Supportive and very fun, but with a good balance of seriousness only when required.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Extremely well planned. Within the first weeks I held a meeting with my manager to plan the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were several opportunities for training as desired. As an example, I pursued the opportunity to carry out my Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. GE did not hold back to invest in employees.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is an unbelievable amount of opportunities within the company for entry level jobs and beyond. Graduate schemes (leadership programs) are extremely competitive; there are fewer positions. But the prospect is very promising and ambitious.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We had a very close group of 9 interns and a graduate, who I expect to keep in contact after the internship. We organized several events together: several drinks in town, a trip together and even a Tough Mudder competition.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Glasgow is lively, affordable and accessible from Prestwick. Several interns lived in Glasgow.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Prestwick is a quiet town. But, as mentioned above, Glasgow is very accessible. Several interns lived in Glasgow and commuted to work instead.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?