Controls and Calibration Undergraduate

by Jaguar Land Rover


  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The placement was fantastic - I thoroughly enjoyed working within my team and my colleagues were extremely helpful. The company as a whole is excellent to work for with plenty of support from each department. The work I was completing was meaningful and its impact on the business was visible, even from my junior level.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • My colleagues were very welcoming and eager for me to learn more, not just about the company, but engineering as a whole. They ensured I received well-rounded guidance on the work I was completing, and allowed me to stretch my capabilities by working on additional tasks throughout the time I was with them.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My manager was extremely helpful and dedicated to ensuring I had a useful placement, not just for the team, but also myself, allowing me to develop and find areas of interest; for example he enabled me to spend a day shadowing in another department to establish whether the work they complete better suited my skillset.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Initially the workload was lower, however by the time I was leaving I felt like a member of the team and always had plenty to do. If I didn't have enough work, I simply spoke to a member of the team and they quickly found me something to complete, there was always plenty to be done!


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was able to take on work which I would have expected to be given to more experienced and knowledgeable engineers. The feeling of inclusion and responsibility was integral to the experience and was of great benefit, as it helped me gain a feel for the company better than simply shadowing would have.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Skills across the board were developed whilst on placement, from interactions with colleagues and attending meetings, to real engineering which cannot be experienced in a classroom or lab. They will be valuable when returning to my studies and will help improve my means of working for the rest of my career.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Whilst being in an office is naturally a professional atmosphere, the people working in it were polite, helpful and very welcoming, which made the experience extremely pleasant. The companies way of looking after its employees is very commendable and its clear that those working here have a passion and drive for the company.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • There were occasionally times where information would not be received very quickly, which led to uncertainty, especially at the start of the placement when arriving at the company and during the application process. However, once the placement was underway the communication was far more fluid and was commendable, especially from the representatives mentoring us throughout.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • If training was necessary or a cost was involved to allow me to complete my work, the company was very forthcoming and did not restrict my development. So long as there was a valid business need for expenditure it was never an issue and my manager was very helpful when considering this.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • The prospect of returning to the company as an employee or a graduate is an excellent one, and I would be more than willing to return. The company seems invested in its graduates and their development even more so than at undergraduate level so is definitely an excellent development opportunity.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • My fellow undergrads were very sociable and we regularly met up at work for lunch, but also did other evening and external events like going to the pub. We also went out for meals within my team which was a great opportunity to see my colleagues outside of the workplace.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • A number of undergraduates chose to live in Coventry, which provided good accommodation at a reasonable price. Leamington Spa was also an option which was closer to the work site but somewhat more expensive. Socialising also followed the same principle, as Coventry was cheaper than Leamington Spa, but often we would socialise in Leamington as it was closer to site.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • As mentioned previously there is a good social scene in both Leamington and Coventry, with Leamington being the more expensive option of the two. It was also a quieter atmosphere considering its smaller size, and the population of local university students was low since they had all returned home for the summer. Coventry was by contrast much busier and livelier.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There were a number of schemes which enabled colleagues to meet up and do social and sports activities away from work, including netball or football teams and meet ups in the pub. If someone wanted to create a social or gathering the opportunity was always available and good communication between teams enabled the undergraduates to network and meet up.


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Internship (1-4 Months)

West Midlands

September 2019

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