1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The tasks that I have to do are both interesting and pose a difficulty that make you have to think about a solution which was important to me to not just sit there and tap in numbers mindlessly into a spread sheet. Both my team and other members of staff are friendly and helpful towards placement students regardless how early in the morning you ask them questions!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My manager particularly is very good at thing, when I do a task well he was very good at making me aware that I've done a good job, in addition he was also very good at making people aware that if it was a good piece of work and he used it in a meeting to show a view point that he mentioned that I'd done it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My team are always very easy to talk to whether it be personal problems or work related issues. They always spare time out of their day to make sure that I'm not being over whelmed by tasks and feel comfortable when in the actions that I am given to complete.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
When month end comes around you will know it, you do get very busy at this period as a lot of work needs to be submitted at this point. However it doesn't get too busy to the point work is piling up on your desk. For the rest of the month there usual is just an average steady work load.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was fortunate to be working in a small team meaning the two senior people didn't have the capacity to do all of their work resulting in it being handed down to me. This was great experience for me and showed me what some of the stuff they get involved into was like.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
From a finance point of view is allowed me to see how a finance department worked within a huge organisation which is massively different to the modules that I had studied to this point at uni had told me. My excel and accounting skill have improved dramatically from the first day I joined here from the help of my colleages
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed which is an environment I personally enjoy working in as it made me fell more welcomed and comfortable when I joined. Here and there, there is some friendly chatter between staff and a good bit of banter chucked around which definitely lightens your day sometimes if things aren't going your way.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall since I have started I has been very good, I've always known what I've been doing everyday. However my only issue was prior to joining as BAE tended to leave me a bit in the dark as they were quite slow giving me information regarding my clearance and starting times etc.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Placements students are invited up to a day in the first week of the grad scheme training which was a brilliant day for personal training, having a good laugh and networking with other people your age coming into the business. In addition at work my managers are always looking at the tasks I am doing and ensuring that they're helping my personal development.
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?
If the placement students do well in their year at the moment they are invited back for an assessment centre for the graduate scheme. Meaning you're fast tracked through several stages and will be invited to one of the first assessment centres. Giving you the best change for a potential role in the FLDP scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Typically it is very site dependent, unfortunately at my site the number of placement student and graduates were limited meaning that the opportunities for a good social scene were few and far between. However I know placement students in the Air sector have a much better social scene.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living costs in Telford are very cheap however you have may to look quite a bit to find a house that's nice for you. My shared house are relatively social at home meaning that I always can find things to do with other people on both week days and weekends,
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I'm not going to sugar coat it, the local club in Telford is not good. Playing the most generic rubbish club music you can find, deciding to play any average song for about 30 seconds before the DJ decides to skip back to the worst music he can find on his playlist.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
In terms of sport I play golf which at work worked well for me as there is a small society that play monthly giving me the chance to play regularly. In addition there is also 5-a-side football on Monday which is also a good laugh at the local sports centre.