1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at the BMW Group at Hams Hall. I was given a large amount of responsibility, and freedom to work how I felt was best for me to be at my most productive. Every day was different, and the variation never allowed for a boring day.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by my manager and the colleagues within my team. However, I felt slightly dismissed by members of other teams as perhaps I was only an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager gave me a brief when I arrived, and whilst I was set up well, I was not given much further guidance. However, my supervisor was nothing short of excellent, if there was ever a problem he was there to lend a hand, all the while not giving too much away that it wasn't a challenge.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
11/10 busy, as a facilities management intern it was far busier than other roles in the factory and a lot of leg work. But that's part of the joy of the job is that there was a lot of communication and interacting with other teams and individuals in order to get the timing correct in projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The world can be your oyster. You can get out of this placement as much as you put in. For example, after I had learnt the systems and procdedures, I completely ran a £200,000 project from cradle to grave. Depends whether or not you are prepared to put the effort in.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
At this time I have not completed any more of my degree so I am unable to comment on this
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is super relaxed, which can be good in some areas and all the more fun to be in - but as I was always busy it wasn't always too helpful as I needed to get the work done. My team was full of nice people that we could always talk if there was time.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Seemed very poor, as it is what each team makes of it. Doesn't seem to be a set program for interns to work through and is very adhoc. I was fortunate that my team had a supervisor that wanted to make the team look good and he himself was well organised - only that he had taken this upon himself and there wasn't a designated plan.
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?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
To me, as good as the internship is and the opportunities that it provides, it does not seem like there is an official plan to recruit former interns into a graduate program. So there might be good opportunities but they only go for external applicants. Quite poor if you ask me.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Again, the world is your oyster and if you are prepared to put the effort in then its great. However there was not a preorganised meet up for the new interns so you have to go out of your way to introduce yourself. Good social scene once set up however.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Can not comment on living as i was staying with a family member. The cost of socialising is quite high when going out into the city however.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
birmingham is only just down the road and provides great nightlife for socialising.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Only if you made them for yourself, not many organised meet ups otherwise.