10 week summer placement as part of the team of engineering consultants at Autodesk.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The whole placement was very enjoyable. The work was interesting and challenging, so very rewarding.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like I was welcomed by the team I was in. Everyone makes the effort to talk to you from the off and everyone is willing to give you hand if you encounter any issues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Ian was great when coordinating the consultant interns. He was always available to give advice and checked up on you along the way. He and Richard organised a few social events to act as good icebreakers in the first weeks.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Although my project stalled a bit due to outside factors, there was always the chance to get involved in other projects alongside the main work. This meant I got a greater knowledge of what working here was like.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Each intern has a lot of responsibility, the projects we take part on are working with other employees but mostly self lead with some guidance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
You start off your time with a set training schedule which was very useful. If you think there's anything else that you need, you can book onto courses or others will send you the learning materials and you can teach yourself.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone is very friendly and willing to give up time to give you a hand if you need.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement is well organised, with a good start of solid training followed by a personal project, tailored to try and fit it into your time at Autodesk.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The initial training was invaluable. You can then book into more training, if you deem it necessary, or others will send you the learning material for you to teach yourself. In addition, you get to use a wide range of products that you may not have used before.
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?
I have verbally agreed to return after my final year of study to take up a role on the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The first few weeks involve a couple of pre-organised social events. These are also supplemented towards the end of the placement when the new graduates start.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Birmingham is not overly expensive, especially compared to London. The office has good transport links and so is easy to get to for minimal cost.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Birmingham has as much nightlife as you could want. There are clubs in central Birmingham or pubs and bars all over the place.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are weekly activities like football and rock climbing that are really easy to get involved in. There are also different events run by the social team every so often.