I really enjoyed experiencing a job in the engineering world and the colleagues in my team were really lovely and helpful and welcoming. I learnt a lot, and benefitted greatly from a wide range of tasks and experiences and interacting with lots of different people in a wide range of different jobs in the company. Sometimes was left with little to do, which I think was a result of the short length of time of my internship (3 months).
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I definitely felt valued and welcomed well as a part of the team and accepted as a team player. I constantly was encouraged by people telling me I was doing a good job, which was great to hear. I quickly felt integrated into the team which was helped with socials and team events. But, when I had little to do, I didn't feel like I was adding much to the team.
Support was provided by management, encouragement and a willingness to help and advise when necessary, even if it was mostly only on request- I realized that the managers were busy so I knew that was why I wasn't always their first priority. I had a one to one with my manager after the second week to see how I was doing and my plan and his plan for the internship.
Some days I felt like I had a perfect balance of things to do, but some days I felt like I had very little and was struggling to make myself useful, however I was never too busy. I often searched for tasks myself which would help the team, and I think that was a good way to fill in the time.
I was given some responsibility when other engineers asked me to do favours for them, for example communicate with people, leave a message, take parts to be amended, etc. and was also left to be the on-site person in charge of a project when another engineer was away. I didn't feel like I had been given too much responsibility, as an untrained engineer, but enough to feel like I was doing something useful and important.
Although a lot of the skills I developed were specific to this particular job and company, if I were to come back to the same job after graduating I would find everything I learnt here very useful. I have learnt a lot about the software and processes here. I also learnt a lot about working with people, time management, communication, responsibility, and getting on with tasks, which I think are helpful skills for life, not just in a job.
I found the atmosphere very susceptible to working. It was organized but not an atmosphere of placing blame on anyone, just one of trying to solve the issue as efficiently and quickly as possible. I found the team very friendly and helpful, so I never felt overly stressed, but still encouraged to work hard. People are fun to work with, and work relationships were improved with socials and eating lunch together.
When I arrived, they weren't expecting me until the week after. But, even when the next week came there wasn't an awful lot already set up for me to do. My manager had a general idea of what he wanted me to do during the placement but not a very solid training process in order to complete the tasks he had set.
I was invited to go to various training programs and often the other employees, upon request, took time to explain to me concepts, procedures, and other technical parts of the job, although I would say this would mainly be of benefit me if I were to continue at the same company after graduation.
I would definitely consider a permanent job at this company, especially if I were to have the opportunity to go abroad. I think this company would be a good starting point from which I could get various other engineering jobs in the future, and is a well known well regarded company.
Placement students- both summer placement and year placement- often organized nights out, evening plans, and lunch plans, to socialize outside of the work environment which helped boost work relationships. Within the teams in the department there was also a strong sense of friendship and respect amongst the workers from regularly planned socials.
very good value
pretty good- everyone enjoyed the nights out we went on, they were varied and fun for everyone.
Not many that I have heard of.