QMS, Quality Promotion and Calibration Student at BMW Group

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Oxford South East
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Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Automotive Graphic Design Information Technology

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7.1/10

The Role
7.2
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

6.5

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

The placement was very flexible. I did not have to sit at my desk the whole time and was able to manage my time. I had a good time and a good manager and no issues with either. I enjoyed the large interns community.

7/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

At the beginning my work colleagues were a little "shy", however soon they realised that I can complete tasks quickly and effectively, so I was given more tasks. They valued my work.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

It was sometimes hard to get support from other departments and I had to chase up some issues multiple times. My supervisor however supported me fully.

6/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were times when my day would be super busy with multiple projects at the same time and there were days where I had very little to do e.g. after the finish of a large project.
The amount of work also very much depends on how much effort you want to put in and how much you are willing to do it.

6/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was responsible for a large software introduction at 2 plants. I had to prepare data and was not supervised at all.
I did not give any presentation to higher management.

7/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The placement was not related to my degree, I have however developed my soft skills and gained extensive IT skills, since I had to deal with new software on a regular basis. I believe that the placement will definitely help me in my future career.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I really liked tha atmosphere. It was fairly quiet so you were able to concentrate well but you were able to freely speak anytime.
People were all easy-going and I have not experienced any arguments or drama.
Dress code: most people just wore a polo and black trousers but you were free to wear anything.

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The beginning was a little rough. I received the information on my placement very late and it was hard to get in touch with HR.
The placement here very much depends on the department you are in.

5/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I was able to go on a week long course provided by an external German company as well as go abroad on a business trip.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I did not get any further offers but I believe that it would be very easy to start working for the BMW Group again.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes, there is a large interns community with weekly social on Thursdays plus some events on the weekend.
Within the department we had events once a month.
This is I think one of the big pluses here! You will not get bored :)

10/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Oxford is expensive. Accommodation is around £500 and going out is quite pricey too. It's hard to save money.

3/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

There are a few clubs in the city centre. During term you are able to go out to some Oxford Uni colleges.

6/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes, you are able to join the university clubs or any other sports clubs.

7/10

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