I loved every minute of my placement, the culture is amazing at the met office so you always feel welcome there. Everyone is so helpful and the variety of work you get is amazing. The flexibility of being able to dip into other teams is also great and would totally recommend it.
From the first day i felt valued by my colleagues, and as the months went on I felt even more since we were bouncing ideas off each other and also being able to work directly with each other. Even though i was in the Linux part of my team, i also interacted with the Windows side on a daily basis.
I was given a tremendous amount of support from management especially. My Team leader always seemed engaged in what I was doing and making sure I had enough work. Higher management would also come to our presentations or have chats. I think this is important as they are really interested in knowing what you do and have achieved in the year. My manager was also so lovely and always gave me the support i needed.
For the first couple of weeks I wasn't very busy but I think that was due to general starting and admin things. Shortly after that there wasn't a day i wasn't busy with something. I will say that if you do have a project you need to work on they will happily give you the time you need and not put any pressure on you, but otherwise you're kept nice and busy.
I was given a lot of responsibility during my placement, working with seniors IT Practitioners as well as other teams across the met office, taking on a lot of responsibility.
The skills that I have gained will help me a lot, even though i didn't do a cyber security role, the skills I have gained from being a system admin are very valuable since I now have a lot of infrastructure knowledge and see things from a different perspective instead of all security. Other skills that will help me is i now have broader knowledge of IT in general.
The general atmosphere in the office was very calm and happy. No one seems to not be wanting to work for the Met Office, and its very positive all the time. My floor plate was very lively and fit in with the balance perfectly. Since its very open planned office all the different teams could liaise with each other.
The organisation of it, wasn't the best at the start, but i think this was down to them trying to find out how i work and what would benefit me most with my degree. When we talked about it, it soon became very organised and I knew what i was doing every step of the way. There was also a lot of room for change if i wanted.
They invested a lot into me as a person and I definitely think the met office has changed me for the better. I have learnt a lot about the professional environment of working and will continue to develop on this further as well as everyone just seemed to want what was best for me.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Future employment prospects are very appealing in the future, you definitely have a lot of incentive.
Yes, the social scene was great. We would all go to lunch everyday with the placements, various levels of apprentices, the graduates and even some ITP's which have also graduated. We would also do meals etc out side of work.
The cost wasn't too bad and the socialising was about the same as any other town with a university in it.
The nightlife was good since exeter university is there.
Yes, there were a lot of opportunities to get involved outside of work with colleagues and friends, most of the placements would meet up outside of work and do activities, and there are also team building days that you could go to. The Met Office also had groups and clubs which you could join which also did different events.
Placement Year (10 Months+)