Accellerated customer audit of series production vehicles.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working in Vehicle Audit at the MINI plant has been a fantastic placement year. I have been hands on with cars, working to find faults on long term test vehicles. I have always been busy, which has kept the job interesting for the entire year. Support from my department has been exceptional; whatever questions I have had they have always been answered.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel fully integrated in my department, we have had several social events throughout the year, and even gone away on trips together. Comeradery is great, and there is a great mix of proffessionalism and jokes between all.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
See previous comments; excellent support all round.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I've always had things to do, but never too much to snow me under. There have been very fast paced days; there was one week my manager and colleague were off work, so I was covering all duties of our side of the department. This was tiring, but not impossible. The work has been interesting and varied throughout.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
For an Intern role, I was given a lot of responsibility. This really made me feel that the work I was doing was important, and having that sense of achievement was brilliant each time a piece of work was completed. I was responsible for many things, however I always had the support of my manager if there were any issues or mistakes made during.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
People skills have been the main thing I've gained from this year. I wasn't socially inept when I arrived, but my confidence has grown massively over the course of the year.
I have used knowlege from my degree to help find problems and think of explanations for faults.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone has been super friendly, and respectful at all times. There have been times when everyone is knuckling down, but there has always been times for friendly exchanges and jokes.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Some things at the start took a while to arrive, such as workwear. This was not organised by my department but centrally. My replacements have had a much improved experience, recieving all workwear on their very first day.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A good few training courses were covered, including a practical driving course; great fun for somebody who loves cars!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are so many interns working on site that graduate prospects are limited, however not absent.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Weekly socials organised for all interns on plant, pub crawls and meals were held within our department.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Oxford is not the cheapest, but I was payed enough that I was able to rent and live comfortably in the city. I saved up enough to buy a car over the course of this year.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Oxford is decent, not especially my scene, but plenty of pubs and bars.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
If you look for them, there is a lot going on in the city.