Electronic design engineering intern. I designed an automated battery testing system to ensure we could live up to our warranty.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
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.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
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.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
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.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
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.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
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.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
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.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
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.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
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.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
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.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
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?
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.