• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I worked with an amazing team in Environmental, health and safety in GE. I enjoyed the tasks they gave me, especially the variety of them!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was never not included in something. I was not seen as an intern, just as another member of the team which was a great feeling. The work i did often had high importance to it so I knew my team trusted me with delivering results.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Every team member, even from other teams was more than willing to help and show you things. Having a very helpful teamed helped me get to my feet when I first started.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Every day I had something to do. Sometimes I would make a to do list at the start of the day and wouldn't complete any of it due to more significant, unplanned exercises presenting themselves on the day. I really enjoyed the unpredictability.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was responsible for sending out weekly presentations to leadership, presenting results to external visitors/companies, sometimes managning external companies who came in to do work. I was definitely responsible for a lot of things which I had to keep on top of.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I have definitely improved on my communication between a large variety of people, even the smaller things. Leading people, writing to people, being part of a team. The use of new programs on the computer. Although health and safety is not related to my degree which is geology based, I have learnt an awful lot which will help me in the future.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Everyone was always working hard, as a team. Great positive energy and people to be surrounded by, when working in the office.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Many interns were hired at the site I was at. This gave us opportunities to network between ourselves inside and outside of work. We were also fortunate enough to do a STEM project together. Personally, the work placement was very well organised, my files and computer were set up quickly and I was able to get stuck in. My manager gave me a clear vision of my work scope in my first week.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was able to attend multiple training courses, first aid, fire marshall, Internationally recognised health and safety certificate and an additional training day for a specific project I was working on.


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

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Very appealing, GE is very flexible within the company too, so you can get a feel for a lot of roles.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yes, having approximately 25 interns, we were able to work together, help each other out on a regular basis. Then outside of work we would often meet up.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • As GE give a very good wage to interns, the salary enabled me to comfortably pay my bills, run a car, get food and make savings with money to spare at the end of the month. Cheltenham is a more expensive place to live than nearby areas, although if you look hard enough you can get the best of both with good pricing and very nice housing. Just have a good look around before you commit to something.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • I didn't go out that often...but when I did I had a great time, lots of people out at the weekends so there is a great atmosphere.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Yes, if you search around for local clubs in your sport/activity of choice, there is always something and always people who enjoy them as much as you!


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Placement Year (10 Months+)


South West

24th April 2019

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