Insight intern at Airbus

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
bristol South West
Review Date
Administration/Secretarial Aeronautical Engineering Aerospace/Aviation


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

During the 3 week insight I had a really interesting time, and enjoyed myself a lot. Although it was hard work it was very interesting and gave me a lot of insight into how that industry works - and helped me decide whether I want a job in that field in the future.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Everyone I met during the placement was quite welcoming and did their best to include me and teach me about their jobs. Obviously some things I wasn’t allowed to do or know but that’s understandable. I think the company really do their best to welcome you and make sure everything you do feels purposeful.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I had a mentor throughout my time there who was structuring my day to day activities as well as making sure I was enjoying myself and learning usefully. The support was really good I think, much more than i’ve received on other similar things in the past so i was pleasantly surprised !


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I think the skills i’ve learnt will really help me in my degree on a daily basis, but especially in the world of work after i graduate. Lots of information was given to me about future employment and how best to go about being hired by large companies similar to them.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well structured, every day was planned and I got a really well rounded experience of the company i think. There was a linear progression of complexity over the time i was there and they made sure I was comfortable with all the work i was doing every day. Would definitely reccomend !


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Personally I really enjoyed the whole experience but then I’ve always wanted to go to airbus and see what it was like. I think the structure of the few weeks is really well planned out so nothing gets boring and you get new challenges every single day. All the people who work there are lovely as well.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I think it gave me a significant understanding although not completely as there were,quite understandably, some things i was not allowed to do. Also, my days were shorter than other employees so I probably didn’t get quite an understanding of precisely how hard they really work. I am grateful for the shorter days though


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

I think the days i spent there definitely helped me decide more that this is the type of career i would like to potentially go in to. The content was very good in terms of being realistically what working life would be like so made it clear i could do that as a job.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I traveled by public transport ( the train mostly ) to the placement and i was actually reimbursed all of my travel expenses because i live more than a certain distance away. i think they are prepared to pay most travel expenses, even contribute a bit to fuel costs if you’re driving from far away.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Not really, obviously i met other people when working but the days were really busy so it’s not as if i had time to network when i was working with other people. It is a bit of a shame because that would have been very useful for future career options after uni.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

As i was only there for a short time i didn’t really experience this, perhaps a longer placement would have led to more social and networking situations. Can’t really be negative as they just didn’t happen. One way to improve the experience would be to have a couple of events like this.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Um not really but then there were not really many social situations where i could have asked employees about this and i wasn’t specifically told. I don’t know if there aren’t really any or if i just wasn’t told about them so that is definitely something that could be improved.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes I definitely would recommend this placement to a friend, although only one who is committed to quite hard work and long days. It’s definitely worth it and is going to be useful in both my degree and later when i enter the world of work. To be honest i’d say if you get the chance you have to take it !