- Creating cost sheets
- Creating scope of supply documents
- Creating statement of requirements
- Continuous process improvement
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement, I developed many different core skills which will help me in any career path I choose to go down. I enjoyed meeting new people, learning how to deal with difficult situations in a professional manner and learning about all the different departments in a large organisation like Cummins.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My manager made sure I got credit where it was due and also delegated work effectively to make me feel like a valued member of the team. Other colleagues also requested that I do fairly complicated and technical tasks which made me feel valued as they believed I am cable of doing the task.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a really good amount of support and guidance from my direct manager, however I feel like senior management could be bit more involving. I had two official annual reviews with my manager and many unofficial discussions where he gave me advice and suggested what I can do to solve any issues or how to get the most out of my placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As expected, towards the start it was mainly following my colleagues and learning so my days were not that buys. After the first few months as I started picking up responsibilities, I became more busy. However my team made sure that at no point I had too much work to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel like I was given a good amount of responsibility. I have been completing tasks which no one on my team did which made me feel like I added value to the team as they were my own responsibilities. I liked the fact other people relied on my completing certain reports etc in order to do their part, as I knew my work was valuable.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe this placement has been invaluable, all the skills I developed will help me in any future job I decide to take on. Not only that, these skills will help me with my final year of studies as I will be able to plan my time better and be able to provide a better argument when discussing theories.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Generally the atmosphere is quite relaxed. Everyone is very friendly and is up for talking to you, whether its about how your day is going or asking questions on certain processes etc. Most of the time you can hear talking around you however at no point is it too loud for you not to be able to do your work, you can always plug in your headphones if it is a problem for you.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I don't believe there was a specific 'plan' as to what I will be doing exactly, however there was a clear expectation of what my role is within my year here. I wasn't passed on from one thing to the other, I was steadily given more responsibilities and training. So even though I didn't have a plan, I thought my year was well structured.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested a good amount of time to train me and help me develop my key skills. I have had a lot of support from my managers, whether that would be in our official reviews or just a correction of an email, they have invested a lot of time in making me a better overall person. However I feel like I could have received more training for the technical side of my job, the product we provide is fairly complicated and I feel like I would have benefitted from doing some training on it at the beginning of my placement.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, I would definitely like to come back and work for Cummins.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, the other placement were very sociable, we organised many events throughout the year, whether that's a sociable night out, one day trip to Belgium or a Fifa tournament, we definitely always had something on. We also had football sessions once a week and 1 interplant tournament which was a great experience.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My placement was in Thanet, Kent. Coming from the Midlands, this area is for me was really expensive. The cost of living is quite high in comparison to the salary and house prices and extremely high, making it very difficult to purchase a house if that is what you want to do.
Socialising is very similar to many other areas, if not slightly cheaper for certain activities like the cinema.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In Thanet it is pretty quiet as the average population is fairly high, however 30 minutes away is Canterbury which has a University so it is much better there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As I mentioned above, I and the placements always had many things on.