Year in Industry Student for RAM Structures; Asset Management
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a really enjoyable experience and prepared me well for a job in the future. I would recommend this placement to any budding civil engineers to understand what they will be undertaking on a day to day basis and to make sure it suits them! I learnt such valuable skills and gained countless experiences to add to my CV.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by all my colleagues, they all treated me like friends from day one. Everyone was extremely helpful, and I didn't feel like a year in industry student at all. There is no sense of hierarchy and everyone works together extremely well. There is no intimidation factor.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Both my Supervisors gave me countless support and were either a phone call or email away at most. I was provided with 1 to 1 sessions to discuss my progress and attended countless team meetings to keep me in the loop. My supervisor also treated me like a peer even though he is a senior asset engineer.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had a project from the start to get on with and several other tasks ongoing. The work is continuous, and you are never left bored. Some of the tasks can get monotonous but that is with every job. Going on site is the best experience and the engineers are happy to facilitate this.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was trusted from early on to do small tasks and my responsibility increased as I gained more and more experience. I had to read standards and learn how to use the asset management system but after this I could help with almost everything.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This year has taught me the real-life applications of the theoretical work I have completed at University. Now when I go back for my final year, I have a new perspective which will benefit my learning capabilities.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It is a very friendly environment and quite chatty. There is healthy buzz and strong friendships, everyone helps everyone.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There is a well organised scheme for the placement year and objectives to follow. The scheme is suited towards what you want to do and is very flexible.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They trained me for personal track safety and other courses from Communication to Presentation Skills. I also attended Learn Workshops and other days which really proved how invested Network Rail are.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have applied to be on the graduate scheme and have been recommended by my supervisor so hopefully I get accepted!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Very social; everyone is very talkative and there is a great office enviornment.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Birmingham is quite expensive but if you find the right places it doesn't have to be!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I have never experienced it so I wouldn't know, I came to Birmingham purely for work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had group meals and drinks but other than that not much else.