1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship has allowed me to see many different parts of the Oil and Gas industry, and work on many different initiatives throughout the business. This allowed me a better understanding of how projects are run which will further help throughout my final year of study.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
At the start of my placement I felt undervalued by some members of staff, but throughout getting to know everyone better throughout my placement this has further developed a better working relationship with all employees across many different sites.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Having changed manager throughout my Placement, my first manager wasn't as hands on as I would of likes. Although my supervisor on site was excellent and always had an open door policy if any problems were being encountered. My second manager has been much more beneficial and has always helped with any questions no matter how small.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
First few months dragged in, due to changing of managers and the current project being worked on was in the later stages. Although when work started to pick up I've been very busy everyday.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Throughout my placement I've been given many chances to run different aspects of projects, this gave me the freedom to learn more about leading a project. Although this was only small parts inside a bigger project it gave me the security that if I had any questions I could go to the project manager for feedback or advice. This has been very beneficial and a great learning experience.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
By doing a Business Degree at university being part of different projects and working with the project manager has given me a greater understanding of how actual projects run and the problems they may come across. This has been more beneficial that the learning I've under taken at university as it gives real life examples.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
General atmosphere in the office was good, the office was small at most only 9 employees were in the office. Although everyone was really approachable and always helped when they could, or were able to point you in the right direction of who would be able to solve the problem.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Due to the placement not being well organised on what we would be doing when we started are placement, and only having a 1 day handover from the previous internship limited the introduction we could have. Although the business has taken this and updated this years handover, the new interns will have two weeks with ourselves to be eased into the business and what projects they will be working on.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company didn't offer many training sessions, we learnt how to use tableau but that was due to needing this to work on a project. As for actual training this has been very limited.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are really good, you can only apply to the graudate scheme if you've been an intern within GE. This gives a greater chance for interns to have a graduate scheme job before returning to university. I'm currently going through the application process, hoping to be offered a job.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there were 5 other interns on site and other graduates on different sites locally. Local interns we would be on similar projects, and always eat together. We also met up with local interns and graduates to go for some drinks outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Newcastle isn't the cheapest city to live in, but due to being here as a student for the last 3-4 years I knew what to expect. Socialising was more expensive at the weekends, but overall wasn't too bad when compared to other cities.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife was really good, although it was an older crowd at the weekends, due to students normally going out during the week which made it more of a local scene. But town was always busy and safe no matter what time of the day it was.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many different activities to keep fit and social schemes that were available for employees throughout the year. I never took part in any of these but the opportunities were available.