1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was in an enjoyable location, the work was interesting. It was intellectually stimulation enough but wasn't too hard. The pay was also good, and I felt included and that I was given actual responsibility but without too much pressure or stress. The one downside as that despite the location being pretty and convenient by train I did feel a bit separate from people my own age
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team around were good at helping when necessary, they were all friendly and welcoming and inclusive. I was given enough responsibility to show that what I was doing had a meaningful impact even if it was in the grand scheme quite small, I was included in team meetings and lunches which made me feel like part of the team
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I always felt like there was someone that I could go take my questions to, although sometimes I had to wait for that person to become available ( which is to be expected).
They helped set up systems and work out admin problems that I came across. They also helped with explaining where I should start to look for answers to technical problems
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days were busier than others. There were few days where I felt that I had nothing to do and few where I felt I had too much to do. I never felt like I had too work particularly late but I did always did have something to do at my desk or in the lab.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My project was a small one and not hugely significant on it's own but was important work that would have to be done by someone at some point if not by me. I was given responsibility for it that project and it generally seemed like people were happy with the way I was doing it and let me get on with it after giving me a recommended direction
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the experience in a company and such will be very helpful. I also think having a bit more experience in working on long term projects will be helpful as it has enabled me to practice what I have learned and it also helps me apply those skills in a more broad manner. There wasn't anything entirely new but it was good to do a project with much less "hand holding", something that will be useful for Third and Fourth year projects
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was friendly, and calm and productive. It was easy to focus on work and there was adequate separation between the canteen and coffee machine and the office to separate work and conversation. Everyone knew their area and there was good inter team cooperation where necessary. It also was relaxed in terms of dress code and when you work to a point, but formal enough to make it obvious it was a serious office
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was well organised but that was all done a little last minute, with less than a month between being invited to interview and starting work, meaning I had little time to sort things out as I was also doing Exams. Once I had started Most things were well organised but some things could take a little while to happen, and there were a few systems where I had to wait for a week or so before I was completely set up
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They made sure I had the full HSE training that new starters need to have, and a cut down version of the other training, removing things which would not be relevant. They were all happy to provide help and advice when about different aspects of the job and made sure I had all the skills and materials to do the tasks I needed to do
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are lots of future employment possibilities with the organisation. They are well paid but some do seem like high stress and demanding work. They are very good for international travel options, which is both positive and negative. It does seem to look after employees well, and does interesting Engineering.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
They're all friendly enough in work and we had fun on an Interns day but people live different areas that make socializing after work difficult, and on weekends the other interns and myself often had our own plans. There were several sporting activities that went on at lunch and the team I was in had quite frequent team lunches
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I got my accommodation very cheap but other options I looked at where more expensive. there weren't too many one bed rooms to rent at prices I was used to from a larger student city in the summer. The prices would be less than London prices and long term contracts are cheaper and give you more options
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Yeah, where I was living there really wasn't anything in terms of nightlife. There are other places that you could live in and have more nightlife If you are alright with a longer commute by car though. There was good views of nature and good walks and the like around but they're not really nightlife
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was an employees club that advertised different cheaper rates for staff at upcoming local events but most of these events were "family focused" and many of them were happening after I left, though I wasn't on a particularly long internship. Otherwise you have to put the effort in to find things to do outside of work.