Carried out magnetic measurements and induction trails of electrical steels
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had a certain level of satisfaction as i was involved in projects that needed my hands on experience, i had the opportunity to travel to other company sites in Sweden, Coventry and Rotherham. All these gave me the chance to interact with different people, gain new ideas and get the best out of my placement.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given the opportunity to take part in meetings both within and outside the company. I was also given the responsibility to take charge of certain aspects of my project such as the measurements. My supervisors asked for my opinions in case there was a discussion or when ideas were needed.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During the first week, i was given training on all the equipment and received inductions and tours of the site to ensure that i was familiar with everything. If i had any problems or challenges, my supervisors were readily available to provide guidance or the right information. This facilitated my experience and helped me overcome any difficulties.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I worked from 08:30 am to 16;30 pm from Monday to Friday (45 minutes break.. The workload was even for most days of the week. Given the fact that on certain weeks i had to go elsewhere such as Cardiff to carryout measurements, there were times when i spent a day carrying out measurements and others writing reports or researching.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given the task of carrying out magnetic measurements of steel samples. This meant i did most of the work with little supervision. On other occasions, i had to travel to other other sites to attend meetings and do work as well. This meant i was in charge of my security and responsible for the work done. On other occasions, I worked with my supervisors and other staff members.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My placement gave me the charge to work as part of a team, work without supervision, give presentations, carry out research and other technical activities. These helped increased my presentation skills, my ability to work as part of a team, my ability to work under pressure and my research methodology. These have helped me in my school projects and presentations.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was peaceful, calm with different sections of the office all doing their jobs respectfully. There was also the feeling of determination, handwork, desire to succeed and achieve targets. This was seen the determination , focus and concentration of the staff members and everyone around. This created a feeling of motivation and a positive attitude.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The outline and details of the placement were specified such that each student knew their role, what they were involved in, were to go, their supervisors and the relevant sources of information. Hr ensured that future placements were advertised in time, gave the relevant information and each student was aware of their role during the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given training on all the equipment i was to use during my placement. the company also sent me on visits to other company sites such as the R&D in Warwick, the site in Trostre, Port Talbot and other companies related to Tata Steel. I also travelled top Sweden to do some work and gain experience on the new equipment available.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company has many sites in the UK and Europe. There are many sectors such as manufacturing, mechanical, technical, electrical and design within the different sites in the world. This means there are available graduate schemes, jobs, sponsorship schemes and research areas associated with the company and other universities, especially in Wales.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were staff parties on certain weekends and the various staff members were free to arrange social events on weekends. There was also a Christmas party during which all the members of staff and employees went out for a meal, drinks and an evening of networking and relaxation. There were also charity events on some mornings.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in Newport. the housing cost was very affordable as there were many options. the cost of feeding, travel, healthcare, other expenses was very low. Nights out, clubs, drinks , movies, gym memberships and society costs were very affordable. The transportation cost was low as there were cheap bus fares and taxis available in many regions.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I lived very close to the city centre. There were many clubs, bars and other social centres around. These areas were very affordable and on most nights, most of the people went out for drinks, dancing and live music. The weekends were the busiest with most of the people out for a laugh and relaxation.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were societies and organisations such as the Newport District and materials society which provided the opportunity to attend presentations, take part in competitions and other events. There were also other social groups and fun activities to get involved in, take part in sporting events, games, competitions and win prizes