1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I found my placement adequate. The work wasn't as engaging as I was hoping for and hasn't given me much opportunity to develop technically. My colleagues were very supportive at all times and showed genuine interest in me & my development.
I have developed good work-related skills, received training & gained a good friendship network.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel very valued by my colleagues - although very professional, we have developed good relationships and work well together. My work is taken seriously and I am given proper tasks that are within my capabilities. I have built a good rapport with lots of different employees at my placement.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given varying levels of support and guidance, occasionally it felt like I had been thrown it at the deep end and other times I was having my hand held. Overall I feel I was given an adequate mix of autonomy & guided work - allowing me to develop as required for the role.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My workload was quite sporadic, in that I would occasionally be very busy each day for a period of a few weeks, but also there were periods where there wasn't much to do and I found myself filling my time. I found that because I didn't have many long-term responsibilities that if there wasn't a specific job I was on with there was little for me to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility, projects were allocated to me to work on and I was given a good amount of autonomy with them. Although I wasn't given any long-term responsibilities, the jobs I was given helped me develop my skills & were sometimes of value to the company.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was in a very project managerial role - meaning my technical skills were hardly developed.
I did gain some knowledge of my chosen field but it was usually through extension by checking contractors works & designs. Being on site did allow me to develop skills that will transfer into my degree studies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was relatively relaxed, considering it was a large open plan office with over 200 people. There was quite an office culture about always being in on-time and leaving on-time. Most people were friendly and helpful but there were occasional instances of people being unhelpful due to departmental differences.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was set up fairly well. We received good communications & information prior to the start of the placement and throughout the year.
On arrival we had a three day induction which allowed us time to settle into the role & received departmental tours (These were poorly organised).
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company were keen for personal development through internal training. I attended courses which improved things such as safety, data interpretation & Risk Assessments.
I think more training should have been provided as the courses were quite sporadic and often filled up very quickly. Overall the training on offer was good but not very accessible.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The long term-employment prospects are relatively appealing, the graduate starting salary is well paid.
Overall - the job isn't very technical so I feel as though development in the field could be relatively hindered long term. There was interest in me returning as a graduate and overall Nissan seem very welcoming to previous placements.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. Approximately 80 placements start at Nissan at the same time, so there is plenty of opportunity to make friends & develop social networks. Nissan encouraged creating a Facebook group & there were a couple of events throughout the year that encouraged placement mixing, including the inductions & placement awards.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The North East is a low-cost of living area and Nissan is a fairly well paid placement.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Newcastle is very good and there are plenty of bars and clubs that are popular among students. Particularly Osborne Road in Jesmond & the Ouseburn Valley. Being from the area it was good to be able to show some of the placements hidden gems in Newcastle & surrounding areas.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There weren't many Nissan-organized activities outside of work. But