- Facility procurement, implementing new and/ or improved facilities for improved efficiency and/ or safety.
- Project management, liaising with experienced contractors to carry out scope of work.
- Innovation, implementing new and innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Massively. It was an absolute delight to be able to do this year on industrial placement and the things I have learnt and I will be taking away from this placement year are absolutely unbelievable and you would never learn this sort of stuff at uni. A year in industry should be compulsory part of a degree.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
With my department being quite small, only 6 of us. They already had a bit of a family vibe when I joined and they welcomed me into that which made it a lot easier to carry out tasks further down the line as you were more comfortable doing stuff with them or even asking them stuff.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
If I ever had a problem or needed any support of guidance I could more or less get help off anyone but my first port of call would tend to be my mentor and if he couldn't answer he would help me find out the answer or point me in the right direction which was good as I got to interact with more people.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It totally depends on the day and what is happening in your department at that time. Furthermore, when I was first starting I wasn't very busy as I was meant to be settling in and getting to know people etc. however now that its coming to an end I am very busy which I enjoy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Again, it totally depends on the day and what's happening in the department at that time but at the start I was raising orders with some items costing 80k which to me was a good bit of responsibility and makes you feel worth it/ responsible sort of? And then in my last couple of months I was giving presentations to directors and managers, welcoming visitors from Japan to show off one of the projects I was running. It was great to get to a high level of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
To the most extent, especially for beyond my studies as there is no way I could get experience of dealing with contractors who have been doing what they've doing for years and telling them they can't and they're unsafe as nothing in a book can teach you them skills. furthermore all the training courses I managed to get on, specifically PLC training was amazing for the PLC module I have at uni next year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office I am in actually consists of about 20 different departments within engineering, ranging from planning engineers in one shop to facility engineers in another shop. This means that you don't really get a complete sense for the general atmosphere in the office but more so for your departmental little group office space which was a good atmosphere, always able to have a laugh all the while being able to have a serious conversation and get some serious work done which is a perfect balance.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall work placement was excellently set up from a company HR point of view as the logistics were all there and everything was lined up for me arriving like desk computer with 2 monitors, desk phone and mobile phone all there and waiting which leads me to believe they were prepared.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
To the extent where they would make a mistake not to take me back as a grad with the amount the company has invested in me, from training courses to more real experiences. I had undertook quite a few training course to aid my personal development and further secure my training on the job.
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?
With Brexit looming in the near distance there is a lot of uncertainty within the UK market and more so the automotive industry therefore this makes it hard for the company to offer any definite jobs but I will definitely be applying for the Grad scheme as I now think Nissan.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With me doing my placement in my hometown where I already have quite a strong social life I wasn't really bothered about this but I have met some great people, friended many of them throughout several social media platforms and made some friends for life. There is always nights out etc going on though
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Quite cheap compared to London i've heard. Once again, with me doing my placement in my hometown, I am used to the costs and prices so these haven't risen nor dropped for me so I wouldn't be able to give a very accurate answer to this question, byker weatherspoons (The highmain) do a pint of stella for about 2 quid tho, norty!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Obviously, Newcastle as a city is known for a real good nightlife, especially to students so the night life was always going to end up taking place in Newcastle. So the answer to the question would be: Great, absolutely fantastic. If you know where to go you can still get three trebles for a fiver, what more could you ask for?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
My department often organized social events weather it was a day out drinking in Durham or a day out drinking in Newcastle, quite a few got organised every time somebody left or started. There was also a lot of retirements so there was a lot of retirement do's for these people retiring.