1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The work was very university course related and it gives you an experience into practising what you have learnt into a real world environment. Although during my internship there was a hold upon lots of jobs causing little work at times, for some that was an issue but asking for more work from others sorted the issue.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
A lot of the staff are very friendly, everyone will spare a few minutes to help with anything even if they are busy. This is witnessed by all, they are very welcoming too, which explains why a lot of people in the firm have been here for a vast amount of years.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance is given as and when is needed, any issues with anything, they are willing to help the best they can whether that sorts the issue or it is passed on to someone else with a better expertise in the situation, it was always likely to be resolved.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
A little bored at times with doing the same thing everyday (Research) and not having a lot of knowledge on the situation it can be quite overwhelming and hard to grasp with no guidance because others have other projects to work on hence I had to source other work in order for me to refresh myself when I hit abrick wall.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair few tasks in the project I was involved in and acted independently until I needed any help. There was no shadowing hence it seemed overwhelming at times. A mixture of the both would have been good too when it was rather complex. Work like lab equipment and soldering was fun and provided a sense of responsibility when working independently.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have been using MATLAB heavily which is a weak point for myself personally, therefore even though I was thrown partially In the deep end, a lot of staff were around to help during meetings and they improved my code and provided tips. This is helpful because I am required to use it at uni so making sense of the topic when using the software will likely becoming easier. Also soldering training was received and studying electrical engineering, this will prove useful when creating circuits.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was in an office where my department (hardware) was not dominant and therefore I did not really socialise / talk to them because their work was not anything to do with mine.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Some other interns had to wait a while to receive projects and I also had to wait for a while to receive a log in which proved difficult in certain circumstances. Once past the first two weeks, people had settled down and worked as you would a normal employee of the firm.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm provided me with training on 3D printers, circuit shematic design software(xDxDesigner), Laser cutter printing, PCB routing and a whole day aside for soldering with extra help available to improve if desired at a later date. That was mandatory, there was also training online on many different topics. Also trained on Visio.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Potentially appealing with the graduate scheme great for training and being so close to home, and with a lot of rumours for more jobs to come through, it could seem really promising!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, I have attended a lot of tea breaks with grads and engineers to gain knowledge and gain that social relation rather than just a working one. I have also met up with them outside of work, they are really welcoming and encouraging. I have also kept in contact and become good friends with the other summer interns / year placements, even though I am situated in a different location than them
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was normal because I lived here when growing up
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
One nightclub, pubs around the corner and high street down the road (Rochester) with a few bars and pubs. (Whetherspoons)
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there was quiz's and usually the younger aged staff meet up regularly to go out and socialise with each other. Summer interns and work placements would also meet up when finishing on a Friday at the local pub.