My role was as a site engineer; setting out, quality control, surveying, inspections, 3D modelling and a lot more
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Thoroughly enjoyable placement over my summer break at university, where I learnt a lot about engineering and also developed key character traits during my time.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team I worked with never made me feel like anything less than an equal colleague, with regards to the work given to me and their interactions with me despite my lack of experience and age differences in some cases.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was always given adequate support for any task I was given, with comprehensive guidance given before and there was always the opportunity to ask questions if I didn't fully understand what was required for a particular task. I was also never left on my own in the deep end with people coming and checking on me/my work at regular intervals if left to work alone.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to the nature of the work and the site I was working on, I was VERY busy all of the time. However, I was never overloaded with work and all tasks issued came with reasonable deadlines attached and I never felt under too much pressure from any of my colleagues.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A surprising amount of responsibility was given. I was a summer placement after just finishing my first year at university and had never spent any time on a construction site. Despite this, from day 1 I was given responsibility, always within my capabilities, and by the end of my placement I was working independently on a number of tasks that were quite critical to the works.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The knowledge and experience I gained from just one summer placement was enough to prepare me for what work would be like after my degree as well as providing technical detail that could assist me in my studies as well as providing a physical representation of the theory I was learning in university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office and on site was one of busyness with a lot going on but also one of joviality and challenge. The atmosphere was also one of everyone working together towards the same end goal, which was assisted further by the open plan layout of the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very, very well organised summer placement scheme from Laing O'Rourke. I have several friends who did placements with different companies and their experiences were very poorly organised and inadequate compared to what I received from Laing O'Rourke.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Laing O'Rourke are quite heavily invested in the summer placement and year in industry programmes, with a lot of effort and attention to detail given to them, with core training schemes being delivered throughout the placement allowing personal development as well as learning more about the company. As well as this, you really do feel like they are invested in you as a person.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A very positive experience from one summer placement and I am very excited to see what my other summer placements will hold in the future and pursuing a career with Laing O'Rourke.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Lots of office organised social activities outside of work; day trips out, nights out, leaving parties etc, as well as occasional site wide activities such as hog roasts.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Project was located in South Wales and the area around the project is very cheap to live, work and socialise in.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Project was situated 20 minutes from Newport (poor night life) and 30-45 minutes from Cardiff (very good nightlife) but in the area where the project was, there wasn't much located near but if you were willing to travel a small journey there was good night life nearby.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Some of the engineers played football with each other once a week at a local pitch but outside of this not much due to lots of people travelling living far away so not much went on outside of work and the organised events on weekends etc.