I really enjoyed this summer, it has been my best placement so far. We were given projects of real value, everyone in the office is really nice and helpful, and the working hours are very flexible in case you have personal problems. Having multiple interns also made the start of the internship more enjoyable.
I think this depends on the projects you work on, and if other people are relying on you for work to be done. For my main project where I work with many people across the business I felt like I was valued. But for projects that did not have a strict timeline I did not feel very valued.
My supervisors always found a way to spare at least half an hour in case of any problems or concerns. I also had bi-weekly meetings with my main manager which I always looked forward to because a lot of problems would be solved in that meeting. Those that were less busy would almost always drop whatever they are working on to help me too.
Almost too busy. There has not been a single moment where I did not have anything to do. On days or times where I was not being efficient, this resulted in having to work a little bit more than the allocated 37 hours. Which means it is not just about being in the office, but focusing in the office.
For my projects I was given a lot of responsibility. I scheduled the meetings, arranged trips, took my own approach to the project. The project had a reasonable amount of weight for the rest of the business too, with other people depending on me. The side projects were smaller, and meant that I had complete control over the project.
There are soft skills such as communication that I have really improved by meeting people. Then there are also hard skills such as the lean six sigma course, or programming. But there is also the motivation, after seeing the opportunities for technology to improve in industry I feel like I will study with more attention.
Everyone is really positive and chatty when you approach them. There has only been one person I felt like I did not get along with. We also have things like team lunches to build relationships with colleagues, which I really enjoyed. Even with senior management they were really nice, you would not know they are senior management.
Very well organised. On my first day I was given a placement scope. On the scope there was all my projects, about how much of my time will be spent on what project, who I should consult for help on each project, and also what are the end goals of the project.
We all did training and certification for lean six sigma yellow belt. There were also trips and days arranged to learn more about engines. Myself and my colleagues also received new laptops and phones to help make work easier, which was very important. I saw some more tenured staff struggle with older laptops.
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Very appealing. I feel like it is a company I can grow with. There are also a lot of opportunities to diversify the work that you do with them in the future. I was offered to interview for placements abroad, in different fields and skills that I am interested in growing.
Yes. On weekends the interns would socialise or go on trips. We also all lived in the same place which helped with the socialising. There was also after work drinks every Friday to become more friendly with the younger staff. Opportunities like playing football and basketball was also always available.
Cost of living was quite expensive, it was £40 per month of gym membership at £160 a week for accommodation. Socialising was not bad, comparable to most cities. Activities like escape rooms was £20, Maybe if you can drive it could be cheaper to live in a nearby city and drive in to work.
There was quite an active nightlife, but since it was not during term time, there was not a lot of students or people our age at the night clubs. When we went to night clubs the average age must have been around 30. Or alternatively some clubs clearly let in many under age girls.
Outside of work there was paintball organised, meals, birthdays. There are also a lot of people that play basketball or football, so occasionally we would play some sports as well. There are also interesting activities like guided meditations and mindfulness which I think is very important for everyone's mental health.
Internship (1-4 Months)
15th September 2019