1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Having a keen interest in the manufacturing industry, I found this internship to be insightful and enjoyable. I enjoyed seeing how manufacturing technologies are implemented in practice.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was welcomed by the team and they were supportive in my development. However, due to the considerable amount of red tape and the fact that I was only on a 12-week placement, it is not really enough time to be fully involved with the job to an extent that you are producing a large amount of useful work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Some managers/supervisors are busier than others, just the nature of work in a large company. Those who were available provided an appropriate level of guidance however a degree of independence is definitely required when trying to always keep yourself busy.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I spent the majority of my placement moving around different departments, shadowing and asking a lot of questions which was really enjoyable and helped me to learn a lot about the company and about manufacturing in general. There were some quite times, particularly at the beginning of the placement and towards the end.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I wasn't given a great deal of responsibility as I was only there for 12 weeks. Although I was given my own project to work on independently, this did not require a great deal of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learned a lot about engineering processes and concepts that are highly relevant to my degree and where I intend to work in the future. I also learned of what it is like working for a large company, all of which I feel will be beneficial for my professional development.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a pleasant atmosphere, the people I worked alongside were nice and helpful and interested to hear about my experiences.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The initial week of the placement felt a bit unorganised as there was no apparent plan in place in terms of the work that I would do. However, this all changed after the first week when I was given a detailed schedule of which departments I would be working in which days which helped a lot.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel that the company were very supportive in terms of my personal development, most of my internship was about learning and developing my knowledge and skills of engineering processes.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
An organised structure for progression is put in place whereby performing well enough during the internship can result in a job offer at the end of it, which provides real incentive.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Most of us were living together in student accommodation in Preston which meant that there was always opportunities to socialise if you wanted to.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reasonable cost for the student accommodation, we paid around £110/week for rent and bills inclusive. The accommodation was also well situated for supermarkets and restaurants etc. nearby.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not the worst nightlife I have seen, equally not the best. If you fancy something a bit better, Manchester or Liverpool are not far and have good train service from Preston Station.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are some things to do nearby in Preston but not a great deal. Just standard activities. If you are used to living in a big city then Preston might disappoint in terms of potential activities.