Rating

4.6/5
  • The Role
    4.8
  • The Company
    4.8
  • The Culture
    4.3

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The work environment is very engaging and the variety of work on offer kept the work interesting. Seeing where the work was going to have an impact was enjoyable.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was immediately made to feel part of the team and given proper work to do, assisting other people's projects with my own.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My team leader was good at giving guidance as to what work I can get involved in, proposing work that would be more applicable to me. Additionally, when supporting a team member on their projects I was given good guidance and management, sufficient but not micro-managed.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • There was always plenty of work to do but this was not to the extent that I was rushed. Projects were well planned to deadlines, giving sufficient time to reach the deadlines.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given responsibility for my projects, and had a say on the direction a project was taking even if it was the project I was supporting. I was also responsible for teaching more senior people about some of the tools I was using and when one of my projects required presentation to outside customers I had the responsibility of presenting this.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Whilst my job wasn't directly related to my degree, it used many similar skills (primarily analytical) that have already assisted in my degree projects this year. The skills I developed are very transferable so whilst they are already helping on my degree, I am sure they will continue to help during the rest of my degree and on to my professional work.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Everyone in the team, and wider workplace, are very approachable which gives the office a positive atmosphere. Whilst the main emphasis would always be on getting work done, the office could be quite sociable and generally was quite cheery. The team lunches and various socials/networking events further contributed to this good atmosphere.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I was introduced to my team leader as soon as possible, before I accepted the offer even, for him to explain the role fully to me. We then sorted out my start date between us rather than just being given a date, and my security clearance was sorted early enough for it to be sorted by my start date. The only hitch was my start date needed to be delayed by a week but this was a very minor issue.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company invested well in my training and development, sending me on in-house courses to learn necessary tools and for the more simplistic tools having a team member teach me. I was sent on trips to develop my wider knowledge and understanding of the defence roles, as this was relevant to my work.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Working from home

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I have been offered a job on the back of my placement.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There is a committee that organises events for new starters, from smaller social events to nights out.

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Pretty standard, there are quite a few choices of where to live as the site is located close to Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, and Southampton. Going out in Portsmouth is not too expensive and most of the places have offers on every night.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Quite good there was a good variety of places to go and they were generally in the same area so not too much travelling around was needed once you were there.

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There was a lot of social sports to get involved in, I did football and we were able to get involved in MOD sports day in Bath. There were plenty of nights out with colleagues not organised by work. There are also lots of local football teams to get involved in, I played for my local one. Being around Portsmouth there's also sailing that you can get involved in, I didn't but know people who did.

    5/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Armed Forces/Military

16th October 2019


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