1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the internship thoroughly, didn't personally find it hard to find motivation to come to work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I worked within several teams at the company, of which treated me very well and welcoming. My line manager and bosses were very helpful assigning tasks that help develop my skills as well as helping the business.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management and supervision were one of the key aspects that were exceeded in my opinion in the department as there was a lot more contact than expected and never a situation where I felt uncomfortable to ask for help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Ultimately I believe it is up to the individual in many respects to seek work actively if they feel they are not busy. I was kept busy and had tasks to perform throughout the placement as well as having the opportunity to see other departments to gain an experience of the broader spectrum.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given an amount of responsibility that made be feel valued to the business, but not to much to feel like I was heavily pressured into delivering tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have developed tie into one aspect of what I learn at university. However a placement is much more valuable in terms of the soft skills that you learn that aid technical knowledge provided at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office is relatively relaxed, there are the occasional stressful periods, however in general it is a good place to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was extremely well organised, contact with internship coordinators and early career engineers was easy and frequent dependent on the number of queries I had.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm have invested a fair amount into the development of students, there is a good range of flexibility around the company that allows movement between various departments to gain other experiences.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future prospects are the company almost seem certain due to the diversity of the company as well as the encouragement to obtain chartership, a big motivator for an engineer such as myself
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene amongst other interns is very good, many of the interns spend time outside work together and take part in activities.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is reasonable with the socialising aspect much cheaper and comparable to university in many ways
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Many of the interns regularly went out in Preston, the nightlife is relatively busy during summer, there are also an abundance of places to choose from.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Outside of work there are some societies to join, however due to the short amount of time spent at the company it was not an area I personally explored much.