1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship. It was very useful, as I gained site experience which will help me with the rest of my degree course and in future jobs. At times, there wasn't a lot for me to do, but during these times, I could talk to the people on site.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very welcoming. They offered both praise and advice regarding my work. I didn't have any issues with the people on the site and I felt like I could talk to them at any time. Everyone wanted to help me gain the best experience of working with the company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
They were always there to help me when needed. After training me up over the first couple of weeks, they let me work independently towards the endorsement the internship. They also gave me advice which will be very useful in the future, both at university and in my future jobs.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The site was quite large so there was usually something to do, however there were times when I had to wait around a bit which could sometimes get quite boring, especially during the first couple of weeks. To overcome this, I was often given small tasks to complete during these times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
After I was trained on the equipment and computer systems, I was given a list of daily and weekly tasks. These tasks included setting out on site when required as well as entering invoices onto the system. I was also asked to calculate the volume of concrete required for some pours.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My aim is to go into structural design. I didn't get the opportunity to design anything during this placement, but I did learn how to read some of the structural drawings which will help me a lot in the future, as I will hopefully end up producing the drawings. I also got to see what actually goes on on site.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The people in the office were always trying to maintain a good atmosphere, even if things were going wrong on site. This never prevented work from being done. When there was little to be done, they would share jokes as well as stories about their experiences on site and in other jobs.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was trying to get in touch with the recruitment team for a while before suddenly receiving a contract in the post. Communication could maybe have been a little bit better. The internship itself was fine though, despite a couple of issues at first getting set up on the system. My induction was held in Skipton, which is a long way from where I live.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
It felt like the company were trying to develop me into a future employee, so it felt like they were willing to invest a lot in me. Hopefully, I can now secure a full year Placement with them to further enhance my skills. It would be good to get more experience in the design side of the job.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would like to undertake a full year placement with the company to further develop my skills. Their partnership with Mott McDonald can hopefully help me find a way into structural design. If I was offered a job at the end of my degree by either company, I would seriously consider it.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The people on site were always up for a conversation. This included several debates about football and other sports. Everyone was fun to be around.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?