My placement at eatonneas thoroughly enjoyable, I learned an unbelievably great deal, the projects I worked on were very fulfilling and all my colleagues in the design office were great to work with and share stories with. Overall I couldn't have hoped for a better environment than what I was given.
My two bosses gave me a great project to work on during the year that was very important to the company. As well as this I was offered a great deal of guidance and training opportunities as they wanted to develop my skills through the year. I never felt undervalued.
My managers and co workers gave me a lot of support throughout the year, especially so at the start if the year when I didn't have any of the technical skills required to get into my project. They taught me the basics and gave me an environment where I was able to learn and work independently without being micro managed, but were always happy to help when I asked for it.
Once my placement got rolling after about a month of being there I was working non stop designing and developing my automatic testing system as well as working on various other smaller projects. I was given the ability to manage my time completely independently being able to spend what time I required on what was the priority at the time.
My only real responsibility during the year was ensuring I completed my project by the time I left to return to university. I didn't have any weekly tasks that I had to perform. All of my work was research, development and design focused around completing my project by the date given to me.
I leanred an unbelievably amount of useful technical skills from working and developing my project. I learned a great deal about some very useful software packages such as easy pc which i used to design my circuits and solid works for 3d modelling. Perhaps more important than this I learned a lot about project management which will be very useful in my 3rd year individual project.
The design office had roughly 12 people in it at most times and it was a nice quiet atmosphere to work in which allowed me to focus on any tasks I was working on. But there was also plenty of time during the day for group conversations or anecdotes to break up the day into fun segments.
Newton has a very organised internship scheme, there were roughly 30 interns scattered across england at their various sites, there were 3 at the site I worked in at Doncaster. During the time at the internship we had training sessions at various sites which allowed all the interns to meet up once every 2 months and discuss the year as well as learn vital soft skills.
The eaton graduate scheme interest me greatly as it gives you the opportunity to work at 2 sites over 2 years in different job roles. This opportunity can be at many of their sites across the world which I think would be an invaluable experience. They offer various training schemes over you time for personal development as well.
Not as many as I would have liked potentially, there weren't too many times the office would do something outside of work hours and i struggled to find leisure activities or clubs to join to fill some of my spare time on weekends or after i came home from work.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
15th October 2019