1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much enjoyed my time on placement putting in to practice what I am learning in my degree. I felt an immediate part of the team and my opinion and contribution was valued. I felt I gained enough responsibility to match my confidence in the role.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My opinion was always heard and discussed even if it wasn't a very good option in the end! We went on numerous staff socials and everyone made me feel very welcome at the company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager played an important role in allowing me to develop my skills and being there to help in any way and answer my endless questions! Other staff were also incredibly helpful in supporting me and teaching me new methods and why we do certain things.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This was the hardest part as the working day for me was 7-6 (Mon-Thurs) and 7-3.30 (Fri). This was quite a shock to the system to begin with but you do get used it. The company knows these are long hours and encourage employees to make sure they get a good life balance as well.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt that I was comfortable with the levels of responsibility that I was given throughout the year and as my confidence grew I took on more. It felt well controlled and there was enough support and guidance to help me with tasks if I found I was becoming stretched.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
From the role I have definitely gained skills for life and those that will help with my degree. Time management, organisational skills and communication skills were very important for job role as well as being precise and accurate with my tasks will be hugely beneficial going forward.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was a fun place to be away from the main on site activities and was stocked with essential equipment to do my role. The staff were friendly and had a good sense of humour which made the long days feel better.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was well organised with relevant site qualifications dealt with before the placement began and with me being able to hit the ground running when I first started working with another engineer.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company allowed me to attend a week training on Setting Out for engineers which was extremely useful for my role as well as enabling the relevant training sessions throughout the year to take place in the office. This included training on how to avoid underground services and how to detect them.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future prospects look good with the the possibility of me returning for either a summer placement again next year and maybe then the graduate programme when I graduate a year later.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were quite a few events through mainly the summer months when the summer placement students were around, however I was away for those and couldn't attend.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Where I was based, I lived in Bridgwater which is not overly appealing but generally had an average cost of living. Socialising usually took place in either Taunton or Bristol.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Bridgwater was pretty terrible however nearby Taunton and Bristol were much better and provided a welcome relief!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were lots of activities and staff socials to take part in, usually once a month and consisted of a range of themes.