• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I learned more within a year, than i could have ever of expected. The placement was fun, engaging and enlightening. All of the projects I worked on were fun and strengthened my knowledge. The people I met within the year gave me motive to work hard and the history of the Office was so interesting.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • All the time, even when I started my placement i felt a sense of value. In the first week working at the Met Office, I was given a long in-depth walk-through of how the systems worked. The manager was always there to answer my questions and all the answers i received made sense.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My manager was understanding, listened to my ideas and thoughts and respected them. HR was fantastic too, they were always there to give me the guidance needed. The Met Office supported me through a tough time and the management were respectable of my circumstances. I felt so comfortable to talk to management about anything happening in my personal life.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Always had something to do. I never felt left out and even if we finished a project and literally had no work, we always seemed to find it within a couple of minutes even if that work was research. Every day felt different and unique when working at the Met Office.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I got to work on projects that would impact the Met Office in the long run and I got the chance to understand all architecture that was used within the Met Office. I got access to most services I was working with and that allowed me to understand the work done to a higher extent.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • My final year at University was easy thanks to my placement year, and the knowledge I gained within the year. My placement year extended my skills within programming, presenting, requirements, agile, knowledge sharing and overall people skills. I also had the chance to extent my image by connecting with colleagues via LinkedIn.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The office was comfortable, calm and relaxing. Every day seemed to go by in a fun and calm pace. No panicking or stress. The mornings were quite and built up into a competitive setting within the afternoon then gradually settled down within the evening! Knowledge sharing within the office was incredible.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The interview was fun and was a conversation that made me feel more conformable when sharing on why i wanted to work there. The Met office's HR department were very interactive, keeping in contact with me throughout the entirety of the setup process. The placement was setup in a way that allowed me to present what i did to people and build my confidence.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was submitted to different types of training, one of which was the weather principles course that taught me more about the principles of weather and climate, it was very interesting. I also had time to do my AWS pilot license which allowed me to gain knowledge on how to use AWS.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I was given the opportunity to come back after graduating, which I took up and now i'm working within the Met Office was a trainee. It was a opportunity i couldn't resist. It's a option i always wanted since my placement year. People who are also in placement year now, i have no doubt they would also take the same choice if given.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yes, we spent Thursdays going to subway, and there was always a communication with the work we were doing within our teams. We did 4 presentations and rotated to each other per session. The other students were very dedicated and worked hard. I feel that the Met Office promote social activities very well.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I lived at home and commuted in via driving my car.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • I didn't go out at night in Exeter as I lived in Plymouth.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Yes there were a lot, but because of the distance of commute i didn't get to involved. It was my choice to commute but in the long run i would move up.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

South West

October 2018

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