1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The year overall was very enjoyable. I took part in some large scale project s and I was introduced to many skills which will benefit me in my last year at uni and the work life in general. However there was occasions where I was sat around with not a lot to do.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Due to the high level of responsibility I felt very valued. If I called a project meeting colleagues would make sure to come or suggest a better time so the could attend.
Colleagues would occasionally come to me directly for help.
There was the odd task I was given which wasnt meant for my role but this wasnt that often.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given great support from my managers and other team members. We had daily team Meetings to make sure everyone was on track
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The role I had was mainly project work which meant I could have alot on at one time or not much going on at all.
Some times I would have to wait for someone else or a 3rd party to continue my projects.
However, sometimes a lot of projects would come back to me at the same time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility and was treated like one of the team. I was given my own projects which I had to manage.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Both general and role specific skills I developed throughout the year will help a great deal in my last year of studies. Project planning and time management will come in useful when it comes to my dissertation. Work on the factory floor and use of CAD will come in handy when studying advanced manufacturing technology (one of my modules)
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was abit of a mix. Its quite a small office compared to the other offices on site. This meant It could be empty quite often. However, everyone in the office was friendly and helpful. We also managed to have some good banter from time to time .
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was set up very well with many intern specific training days where interns across the UK got to meet up and develop our business skills. I was also given some objectives and projects from my manager on day one which meant I could get straight into my projects after the crossover period.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Eatons intern program contains many training days where we could develop skills such as presentation skills, time management, project management, communication and more. I was also given proper training in everything I used on site. This training could range from software training for SAP or SolidWorks to hand tool and machine training
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am interested in working with Eaton in the future. In order to join Eaton you have to apply for the graduate scheme which puts you in the same position as anyone else who wants to apply. I do like the sound of the rotational graduate though as you get to explore different areas of the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene with interns on my site was great, as well as some of the co-workers. We often did events together at the weekends including attending a music Festival.
I took part in the running club at my site which allowed me to get to know people across different departments.
The social scene with interns from other sites was also quite good.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I commuted from Doncaster during my placement so i never actually lived in the area. The other three interns shared a property which I understand was fairly cheap to live in and mange on the wage we received from Eaton. In terms of socialising the price were similar to that of what youd expect in a city like Nottingham. Not amazing but nothing drastic
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Sutton-in-Ashfield/Mansfield wasnt great. Luckily for me the other three interns at my site lived in Nottingham where the nightlife is great. There is a lot of stuff to do in Nottingham. Beach party fair, the Christmas market, escape rooms and rock city just to name a few.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
At our site in Eaton there was many things to get involved with. I took part in the monthly dinner club and the running club. The monthly dinner club had around 30 people from different departments in it. The running club had around 10 and allowed me to take part in some events such as the Doncaster half marathon