Helped Project Engineer with managing substation work,
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was insightful, I saw many parts of the business and how national grid operates. Friendly environment and quite relevant if you study electrical engineering. the experience made my uni studies much more tangible. It was also interesting to learn how National Grid makes profit and understand their importance in transmission of electricity across uk.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues were really helpful and took time to guide me through the weeks I was there. I was often praised for my achievements and given feedback on the work I’ve done. At the end of the placement a presentation day was help where all interns had the opportunity to present the work during the past 8 weeks and therefore get recognised.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The new talent program is very good and well organised and the whole summer was planned out quite well. I not only had the support of my manager, but also other employees and fellow interns who were always more than happy to help with any problems I had. Everyone is very patient and understand that you will have a lot of questions at the start.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As well as my goals, there were many site visits that I took part in and therefore kept me busy through out the days I was working here. However, after finishing objectives, there wasn't much else to be done. It would be good if students are given more work that is usually done for employees. This perhaps can be further improved.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given adequate responsibilities and felt that what I'm doing is important. However, I wasn't given any other work outside the scope of my objectives. This can be improved. I was always praised for the work I did. I recommend students to ask for more responsibilities if they feel like the placement is not challenging them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I gained a lot of presentational skills and improved my writing abilities. I improved how I manage my time also which is very useful for my degree. I did a lot of programming too which gave me a lot of confidence that has helped in my university project. Learning other skills such as using excel has been quite useful for me in uni.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office has a vibrant feel to it. There are a lot of places to eat and drink and go for a walk. This is very important as it can get quite repetitive to sit behind your computer screen for too long. Having the choice to move around and go for a walk makes that a lot easier.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organised. At the start, there was a welcome day where students were given a lot of information about the company and what is expected of everyone. There was also an opportunity to ask as many questions as you want before your work started. We were also told who our line managers were and were told a time and place to meet them on the first day.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company takes personal development very seriously. This is their main ethos and is important to me because at this age I would like to develop myself as fast as possible so that I can go up the career ladder and be good as what I do. There were a lot of opportunities to improve my core skills such as communicational and writing skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are a lot of opportunities. However, they are all mainly in Warwick which means you are very limited to where you can work. Despite national grid having satellite office all around UK, all their graduate programs is based in Warwick and some in in Wokingham. This perhaps can be improved in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely. This making new friends has been one of the best perks about this internship.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was around £800 a month. High rent price.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife is great. Many places to eat and drink.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were, you can get involved with various sports etc