Supporting internal comunications projects and events as a part of an international team.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I could not possibly imagine how amazing my internship will be. Airbus makes some really cool products and I got the chance to work with some amazing people and see for myself how the products are being made across all European plants, whilst doing work inside and outside my comfort zone that significantly improved my skillset.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From my first team meeting I felt highly valued and esteemed. Everyone wanted to know what my strengths were so I could get on board and contribute to the team the best I can. The company does a lot to ensure that there is a team spirit present even if my team is based across different countries in Europe.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I usually felt well supported and tasks were given to me with confidence I could complete it. Sure there was times when I felt like i was doing something wrong, but my supervisor supported me through the worst of them and guided me when i needed the help the most.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The first month I wasn't busy at all, but that was just a natural process of settling in. Then i got up to the point that I'm never bored at work, and sure there is sometimes a bigger and sometimes a smaller workload, but as I was on a flexi-contract I could work longer when needed and take that time back for myself when the workload was lower.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been working on very high profile projects including the naming of ESA’s ‘Rosalind Franklin’ mars rover. I also led some projects myself which was pretty cool. I’ve created and published news articles on our internal communication channels seen by thousands of employees worldwide.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Because I got exposed to such a variety of comms channels, events and projects, it definitely helped me make decisions on where I want to go with my life and what I actually enjoy doing. I would not have found out that if I just stuck to my degree and the things I got exposed to at uni.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a very friendly atmosphere, quite relaxed most of the time. I was sitting in a small office and it was absolutely lovely and funny quite often. We tended to bring in donuts and coffee for people and it was just quite a nice community to be a a part of.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
In terms of the job itself, it was perfectly fine. I interviewed quite well in advance, knew what I was interviewing for and who with. The company should do better when it comes to connecting other interns with each other when it comes to finding accommodation prior to them joining, not just after.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I got loads of opportunities to go around my role and into other teams to see how and what they do, plus loads of training for internal tools and professional software that will be definitely useful later on. The company has an internal improvement campaign called Leadership University and courses on self-improvement which are quite cool.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Yes, I'd definitely consider working at Airbus again, whether in the UK or somewhere else. There are loads of opportunities in the comms areas as the company keeps growing every year.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Airbus has a Young Proffesionals Association which puts on events for its members, mostly grads and interns. I found it really easy to meet new people and everyone was really open. There was people from all sorts of different backgrounds, both engineering and non-engineering and from all over Europe which brought an interesting cultural mix.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Portsmouth isn't the cheapest place to live in, but its' not too expensive really. Depends what you compare it to really. My pay was enough for rent and to have a social life, but i couldn't really eat out every day. Indie pubs are really nice but expensive, its almost london prices when it comes to that.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Loads of nightclubs and as its a student town, every night is an out out night.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was stuff like free language classes and the social club i've mentioned!