1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship at British Steel was very enjoyable as it combined challenging and meaningful work, with a brilliant working environment. I felt both trusted and responsible but also very supported if I needed it. Also, the social links to other placement or interns made life outside of work even more enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The work and tasks set by British Steel were real and ones that would be of benefit to the company. The place and responsibility they put into you from day one made me feel a valued member of the team. This was brilliant as it allowed to develop skills and knowledge that will help me massively in the future.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was asked to complete an engineering project from design phase to signing off. This was a task I had not done before therefore, many of the techniques were new to me. Management try to give you freedom, however it is obvious they are there and happy to answer any questions when needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
During my time at British Steel my main job was to complete a project from start to finish. This meant I worked alot with contractors so therefore there were times when I was waiting on other people to carry on with my work. However, management tried hard to fill these gaps with further work and tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my placement, I had responsibilities from day one. I was tasked with running project with start from finish, this meant I was responsible for the design, specification and installation work. This also meant I worked with contractors, where I had to ensure they did the work they were meant to, to the standards I wanted.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I develop many skills during my time at British Steel from further industrial knowledge to better personal skills. Many of these skills such as time management and attention to detail, I will definitely transfer into my academic studies. Also, I believe I will perform much better in university group work due to my time at British Steel.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was brilliant. The people in the office were warm, welcoming and friendly from day one. They made the cold, early mornings more bearable and I actually looked forward to going into work. I felt like part of the team from day one. Also, the office space was nice. It was kept tidy and warm; definitely a good environment to work in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My placement was well organised. I knew where in the company I would be placed weeks before I actually started. Also, the information I received about my first day took away much of the stress. For the first day, they made clear exactly where I needed to be, how to get there and at what time.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
When you first start at British Steel you are invited to a networking day. This is an event set up by HR, where all interns an placement students are invited. This event allows you to meet people in a similar situation to yourself. From this event we created groupchats with all the students in and events such as bowling and nights out where planned from here.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Scunthorpe is good. There are many good pubs within a close proximity. They are all cheap and friendly, so are definitely nice places to go. There are also 4 nightclubs in the town centre. All of which of cheap or free entry and cheap drinks, can be a very fun night out. However, if the Scunthorpe nightlife isn't your scene Lincoln and Hull aren't too far away. Both of which have a good nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
During my time at work I was invited to play in a British Steel 5 aside football team for a charity tournament. It was a very fun experience and allowed me to get to know my office and team a little bit better. It also helped to make me feel like one of the team. Furthermore, there are many opportunities within Scunthorpe to do things outside of work. From many good football and rugby team for all levels of players to bowling or the cinema.