I enjoyed the opportunities that working for Siemens gave me during the internship. Being a huge global company, there was never any hesitation to provide me with training or visits to sites. I was working out of the office at least once a week which gave a good change of scenery. The daily work was interesting and educated me in the sector of railway signaling, although technical work was hard to come by as it was all quite highly skilled work.
As an intern, I was mainly in the business for my own learning and development. However any work I completed was definitely appreciated by my colleagues. It is difficult to feel valued if the work you are doing isn't particularly valuable..
My line manager was very good at inducting and introducing me to the business and gave me a project to take ownership of for the duration of my internship. The overall support was very good and people were always on-hand and open to helping with any problems I had.
Having a project lasting the duration of my placement meant that I always had something to do. Whenever I had spare time on my hands, it was my responsibility to extra seek work to keep busy.
I had total ownership of my own project which was mainly self-guided research. Any project delivery work I completed was quite low-responsibility as my team were carrying out high risk projects.
The knowledge and training I received were mainly focused on the railway industry, so I am unlikely to use this unless I return to the industry. However, I did develop soft skills such as written communication from report writing, time management and how to conduct myself in a professional environment.
The general atmosphere was quite professional and serious. Most people were very focused on their work, which was a positive when getting things done, however could get a bit dull at times.
The internship was well organized, as there was a project lined up for me when I arrived. Although the project did seem like something invented for me.
The company invested quite a lot in terms of training and development. I attended every training that the current graduates were attending and I had the opportunity to visit several different sites and stay over in hotels with all expenses covered.
Working from home
I have the opportunity to reapply to a work placement for my sandwich year and my internship will help with the application to that, however nothing is confirmed.
The graduates had a good social group and went for drinks every now and again, inviting the interns. The team I worked in occasionally had social events, however, being an older workforce, they weren't exactly wild nights!
I lived elsewhere and commuted in on the train, so couldn't comment on the cost of living. I think socializing in Chippenham wasn't particularly expensive, but only went for drinks there once.
Pretty non-existent in Chippenham, but Bath and Bristol aren't too far away.
Every now and again there was a social, nothing weekly though other than football.
Internship (1-4 Months)
23rd August 2017