Placement Student at Arup

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Sheffield
Review Date

4.3/5

The Role
4.3
The Company
4.5
The Culture
4.1

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

During a 12-week period of this summer, I was honoured to have had the chance to join and work for Arup as a vacation student, at their office in Sheffield – UK. Having an engineering background, I have had the chance to work with different teams within the office, hence, being able to participate in a range of real-life projects.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Participating in many team projects, I had the chance to work with and interact with many colleagues. They were always there to lend a hand in times of need and support. They had a very pleasant and friendly manner and were very good at explaining tasks, making sure that they inform you with full details.
4 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I have participated in many different projects that were related to topics that I have never come across before. With the support of the principal, senior, and other engineers; they were able to guide me with my first steps of the project. This has been really beneficial for me as it got me going in the project within a short amount of time.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The work environment that I was in involved me working on different tasks at different times. All projects and tasks varied. During most periods of my placement, I had enough work to go through and keep me busy, at times it even got stressful. In some short rare cases, there was a short period where I had to look for some work.
4 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Dependant on the tasks that I worked on, my responsibilities varied. When working with more senior engineers, there were many occasions where the work I produced was going to be handed directly to the client. This made me put in more effort into my work in order to produce high-standard deliverables for clients - maintaining Arup's high reputation.
5 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The amount and variety of skills developed during my placement are invaluable. The different soft skills gained will definitely change my personality for the best and would prepare me even further for the rest of my degree as well as my future career. Furthermore, I was able to gain professional software and technical skills that I will benefit from for the remaining period of my time in education.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The nature of this office is very friendly and welcoming. Working at Arup has made me feel like part of a family, more than just colleagues. This was while maintaining a high work ethic. There are many social events that happen often in and out of office, which allows for socialising between colleagues.
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

I have worked in many different projects and have accomplished many tasks, all of which have been appropriately organised and assigned to me either by my line manager or a senior engineer. In all of the work that I participated in, the aim of the task was set clear from the start and I knew what the steps were to accomplish the work from start to finish.
4 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
5 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

5 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

I and another fellow placement student were given the chance to work together to give a presentation detailing the different tasks and projects that we were participating in. This was in a lunch event where lunch was served and we had the time to share our findings and contribution, as well as disseminating valuable information to them.
5 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

My placement was based in Sheffield. Sheffield is a very student friendly city, and very suitable for graduates too. The living costs, including rent, are very reasonable when compared to other cities. Considering the location of accommodations and rent prices, I find that Sheffield provides very competitive prices of bringing both a good location within a moderately sized city as well as price.
5 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

3 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

4 /5