I enjoyed my work placement a lot. The work that I did was mainly challenging and interesting, this made it satisfying to complete. I enjoyed getting to work as part of a team and really valued being able to go to my colleagues for help and feedback. I also loved getting involved with all the extra to work activities that the company facilitated.
I felt that my colleagues saw and treated me as a professional to the same standard they would treat any full time worker. This was reflected in the level of work they entrusted me with, the positive feedback I got from them and the difficulty of the questions they asked of me.
My supervisor would see me daily to get an update on how I was doing and help me if I was struggling with anything. I always felt comfortable asking for help and asking any other questions I had. We also had monthly one to one meetings where they could voice any concerns and I could discuss any problems I was having.
Due to the nature of the work I was doing there wasn't always excessive amounts to do which meant that there were some periods of less work. However my manager always tried to find me valuable extra work to do in these periods. Conversely there were times when I was a lot busier. During these time I felt the workload was still manageable and I enjoyed the time management challenge it presented.
I was entrusted with several pieces of high priority work and was trusted to be able to complete it on time. There were also multiple opportunities for me to voice my own opinions in meetings about matters and for me to follow up on pieces of work that I was doing.
My knowledge of the industry and passion for the work that I gained on placement has helped me carry forward my work ethic into my final year of studies. I have been able to apply the general engineering skills I learnt and have also valued the more general time management and interpersonal skills that I gained on the placement.
The office was a pleasant environment to work in. It had a serious professional atmosphere within the office, but plenty of opportunities for relaxation were provided by the company whether that was subsidized sports clubs at lunchtimes or socials and meals for the graduates and placement students organised by the company.
The whole process was very professional, I felt like I was well communicated to throughout my time from application up until after I had finished. The role I was put in had established responsibilities for the placement student and everyone around me was keen to help me and provide me with the best experience possible.
The company invested in giving us training, whether that was through specific talks, meetings/discussions they organised or technical training meetings. Because of the high responsibility and value of the work the gave me they wanted to make sure I was best equipped to carry out this work throughout the year.
Sports and Social Club
I am currently waiting to hear back about whether I will be offered a role on the graduate scheme. From my experience of what I learnt about the graduate scheme, this offer would be one that I would love to take and I could see myself happily working ta the company in the future.
In the office there were lots of opportunities to join social sports clubs which were really fun and were a great way to get to know other employees. Among the graduate and placement community there was a good social scene with official socials being held every month and more frequent meals out or drinks after work.
Due to being based in south west London the cost of living and socializing was quite high.
Around the office itself there wasn't much. But the graduates would often be willing to travel a bit into central London for the nightlife there.
Alongside all the social and sporting opportunities there were also opportunities to help out with charitable work the company was doing and also getting involved with its STEM outreach program and visiting careers fairs at universities.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
8th November 2018