1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship. I felt that I had full support by the team and they helped me to develop during the 12 weeks. I was given real work which really challenged me but all the help was there where I needed it. It gave me a real insight into the role, function and company as I was able to spend time in different areas across the function.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues at BAE Systems were incredibly friendly and supportive. They were always willing to help and offer their guidance and advice throughout my internship, even when their time was limited. I always felt like I could come to them if I had a problem or wanted their opinion. They valued my work and I was never made to feel like an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor was great. From the get go he was a great teacher, mentor and supervisor. BAE Systems is a very complex company but my supervisor was able to break it down for me and explain it so well. He set my objectives from the beginning and had regular updates to check how I was doing. I could go to him with any questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It differed day to day. I always had work to do and was never bored. Some days were packed full of meetings where as others only had one or two. The second half of my internship was a lot more intense as I had learnt what I needed and had a project with a tight deadline to get on with. For that half, I averaged about 4 meetings a day and then had plenty of actions from those meetings. I also got involved with a side project for the interns which also took up time. Although it was busy, I never felt like it was too much and still had time to shadow other areas and complete extra activities.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was lucky enough to be given a real job in the sense that it really mattered. I felt valued by the company and colleagues as there was a dependency on me to do my job. My supervisor trusted me to take charge of the project during his two week holiday in the second half of my internship which really allowed me to take responsibility. The project I was working on was incredibly important to the company so I wasn't given complete responsibility but I wouldn't have been ready for that.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt so much. Throughout my internship, I was given the opportunity to learn and develop so much. I had no idea what anyone was talking about to start with and by the end, people were coming to me with questions. Working within a huge company has also been an insight. While I was there, I was able to do some research for my dissertation which will really help and was a unique opportunity.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office I was working in was a quiet environment. However, everyone was welcoming and approachable. Throughout my internship I was offered plenty of help and support by those in my office. There were a number of different teams in my office so it was great to be able to gain an insight in a number of roles and see different sides.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up well but could have been more organised.
Due to the business industry, security clearance was an issue and took time to come through. It was therefore a bit last minute.
Despite this, the induction day was a great start to the internship and made us all feel welcome.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested a huge amount into me. Both time and resources were offered to me and were given when I needed them. I never felt stuck or felt that I wasn't being given the time and resource I needed. Part of my project was the deliver of training so I probably got more than I needed, All the opportunities were offered to me and I took them.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are very appealing within the organisation. BAE Systems have a well renowned graduate scheme and having spoken to some of the graduates on the scheme, they have definitely sold it to me. The support and opportunities within the company are fantastic and I could see myself here in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was great with the fellow students. Luckily, most of us lived together in university halls so we were able to see each other every evening and managed to go on group outings during the weekends. We were always fully supportive of each other and it was great to come back in the evening and have a group of people to chill out with.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living was very cheap. Accommodation was cheap per week and supermarkets were accessible including shops like Aldi which made things cheaper. The area was surrounded by pubs and parks which were very cheap. Noone complained of the cost of living. We were also surrounded by the beach and countryside so activities were cheap and available.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I was trying to do my diss at the same time so didn't get a chance.