Civil/Structural Engineer working on the infrastructure on Portsmouth Naval Base within the Chief Engineers. Ensure the Base can operate its day to day task smoothly. Calculations and design drawings to running projects and offering technical advise.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The work has been directly related to my degree and required further learning and practising of Engineering principles that have been introduced at University.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All my colleagues have been very friendly and the work I have done really made me feel like part of the team. Other Engineers are always interested in the real work you are doing and often of help.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
This varied from project to project, sometimes the support network was strong and help was there if you needed it, but other times you were trusted to venture on your own and find how to tackle tricky situations to gain the knowledge first hand.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This is a rather tricky question, as you are trusted to get on with the work you are doing you can really take things at your own pace. Everyday there was work to be getting on with and some weeks were more stressful than others but overall the work load was manageable and steady.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The responsibility was huge, from day one I was given real work that the customer relied on and wanted to a high standard. Each project has your name on and people often ask technical advice which relies on you knowing what you are talking about.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Many skills have progressed over the course of the year. The company was excellent at offering the relevant training and you can always seek extra if you feel its necessary. Time management, presenting, tackling new problems, technical calculations/drawings plus more are skills that really get tested throughout the placement. These skills flow straight back into university and I am sure I shall find my experience valuable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Friendly, alive and exciting. My office is a floor full of Engineers and project managers so there is always something going on.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
BAE Systems have a good system in place where you have your placement manager and then a line manager that looks after you through the year with anything you need. The scope of the year was clear and well set up.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The Company really invest in training, there were compulsory courses and recommended courses to better develop skills or gain certification in required areas such as working at height ect.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
For Civil Engineers the work is limited in terms of a long career as the Company is more suited for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, however it is an interesting place to gain insight and work closely with other Engineering disciplines.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes most certainly, BAE have a fantastic graduate and apprentice scheme so (all engineers being friendly) there are always people are the same age and stage as you which helps with socials and activities outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Affordable, rest and general living was standard. Socialising was slightly more than up North but not that expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Fun, some good clubs and bars with albert road being fantastic for a bar crawl, not quite the nightlife of Northern cities or London but definitely fun to be had.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is a large STEM involvement in the area and plenty to do with being by the sea.