• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Every day at the Met Office was an absolute joy. The super modern office, the people, the facilities and the vast array of learning opportunities made me eager to get into work in the morning!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • My colleagues were extremely helpful and answered all of my questions. They were very encouraging and motivating which really made me want to try my best. I also had opportunities from many people to work on their projects allowing me to learn a variety of skills.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I had a fair amount of help to begin with because of the learning curve of this specific area. I was able to ask for help from lots of colleagues even if they hadn't given me the work, and colleagues would periodically stop by and ask how I was getting on which was really nice.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I always had projects to be working on at the Met Office. I was encouraged to let my manager know both when I thought I had too much on, or if I didn't have enough. I personally took the quieter times as an opportunity to expand my knowledge watching a variety training material available to me online which I really enjoyed.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given real projects that were challenging and useful to the organisation, and some could potentially affect many people if something were to go wrong. I was always reassured that if I did anything wrong accidentally it would not matter, and the team would be right by my side to help me out. I also had the option of handing projects on to colleagues if I wasn't keen on it.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I gained industry-standard knowledge that is transferable to any business with a network. I gained the CCENT networking qualification which is universally recognised, all thanks to the Met Office. I learned a systematic approach to take on projects start to finish which will help in my final year of university.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Very friendly and had many laughs, yet still very professional. I never once felt offended/bullied/harassed. The atmosphere at the Met Office is one that every company should be aiming for.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement was organised very well, the quarterly presentations in particular. Even for a shy person like me, they are great for telling your placement peers what you've been up to. By the time the first presentation came around, I had lots to talk about. There is a perfect balance between structure and flexibility on the scheme. For instance, I had objectives set at the start which are reviewed throughout the year, but these can be tailored to your interests as they develop, or even a complete change. It's all about you.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The most notable way the Met Office invested in me was the amount of paid training resources available. In the Networks team I could watch world-class networking videos complete with practical lab resources, and official books. I was even given access to a cloud training platform as I showed an interest in it. There were opportunities to broaden my knowledge by being immersed in other teams for a few days. Essentially anything I wanted to learn, the Met Office gave me the opportunity to do so, whether through the resources mentioned or the knowledgeable people I was able to talk to.


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

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Car

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I would love to work at the Met Office again.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Colleagues and peers were always organising gatherings and dinners. It was great to get to know everyone outside of work.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Above average. I would look at renting a small house with maybe 1 other person next time, as individual rental rooms in a shared house are not good value.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Didn't experience the nightlife but peers say it is good.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are many societies within the Met Office where people meet on certain days.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

South West

June 2019

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