It was greatly enjoyable providing a wide range of different tasks across a large region as well as giving me the opportunity to travel for work and get to see things I'd learnt about up close.
Everyone was great to work with and very helpful in making me familiar with the software and tools that I needed to do the work I was assigned as well as providing good feedback and helping me improve. They also seemed to appreciate any questions I had at the time. I was also given a significant amount of responsibility to reflect that.
I had weekly catch-up meetings with my supervisor and was able to raise any issue I was having at any time with them which was useful. I also had more formal quarterly progress meetings sitting down and going through my objectives and what kinds of tasks I would like to get involved in. All this was also accompanied by general advice during completion of tasks.
Most of the time there were tasks to complete as well as more long term work that could be done in between other sections of the work so often I was busy but manageably so. However sometimes I was waiting for responses to emails from site or approvals of completed work before i could continue leading to some downtime.
I was given a very large amount of responsibility getting involved in installing equipment on real operating sites and getting involved in safety critical work. Compared to what I have heard about elsewhere this is an exceptional amount of responsibility and the work I was doing felt truly valuable.
I have been given a greater appreciation for the practicalities of engineering as well as experiencing some of the issues that can come up when disciplines start to collide. I have been able to practice and use in real life things I had learnt in university reinforcing them as well as offering challenging calculations due to the limited amount of information that is available in the real world.
The graduate and industrial placement community was very welcoming and a tightly knit group organising a great number of socials and helping people settling in. Generally everyone in the office was very helpful and willing to explain things in detail to me as a relative novice as well as being amicable.
The placement was very well organised and getting started was easy and well communicated with the introduction day being a great start. The set up also included support of a current grad who also helped familiarise me and answer questions as well as receiving a handover directly from the previous industrial placement as well as some good advice.
I performed a number of training sessions with the company covering safety activities such as confined space entrance and lock out tag out training. I also received a large amount of online training familiarising myself with the technologies and standards as well as getting technical talks on developments happening within the company over my year.
The atmosphere was very welcoming and the work was interesting. There are lots of good opportunities there and a good graduate programme offering the option of working abroad as well as experiences in lots of different departments covering all the different sides of engineering. The company has a large reach and is expanding globally offering a wide variety of engagements and new possibilities developing daily.
The graduates were all very friendly and welcoming and met up frequently. There were also a number of organised socials which were well attended and great fun as well as creatively chosen. The graduates also get lunch together and go on a lunchtime walk together which is a nice break from the office and a good time to chat.
South west london is a very expensive part of the UK and even within London. Rents are very high as is cost of food and other essentials as most nearby supermarkets tend to be high end. Bars clubs and other venues are expensive and as the site is fairly far into the suburbs public transport or taxis are required which can add to the cost of a night out.
The areas nearby and accessible by public transport have a very vibrant scene with a lot of diverse options. London has a very good music scene and all sort of different types of music can be enjoyed.
There is an engineering outreach programme organised by the company allowing you to get involved in science demonstrations involving liquid nitrogen which is very enjoyable. These happen often over the year. On top of these there is outreach into the local community as well as to careers fairs at local schools and universities.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
22nd July 2019