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  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I had a great year at Cummins. My team were very welcoming, and I was very friendly with a lot of the other placement students.
    I had a unique end to my placement through having to work from home due to the Corona Virus but overall it was a very valuable experience.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. I felt very valued by my colleagues, I was given the opportunity to support many different projects and departments, and got a great insight into Cummins and their various products.
    A lot of engineers I worked with were vocal about the work I did, and expressed their appreciation, including upper management which made me feel valued.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. During the placement there were both elements of learning on the job, as well as doing relevant training. Everyone in my team was very happy for me to ask them questions, and when I showed enthusiasm for different methods and techniques they were happy to spent time with me to go over this.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. At the start of the placement it was quite slow, I was mostly busy with training and waiting on access for applications. After that it was up and down, some days it was very busy with tight deadlines, others I got a chance to catch up on admin and further training.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I did feel like there was an element of having to prove myself to show my colleagues that I am competent engineer. Once I was able to show them, I was offered and sought out various opportunities to make extremely valuable contributions to Cummins' products which I would have never expected I would do before I started my placement.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. The responsibilities and customer exposure I was given have been hugely valuable to my development.
    My confidence has increased through having to present to a variety of engineers and partners of Cummins.
    My time management skills and professionalism will definitely help me during university and after I graduate.
    We recieved student development training to help with conflict and how to best work with and lead people. I feel like this has been very valuable as well.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. I had a great friendship with some of the other placement students which gave the office an enjoyable atmosphere for me. I also built a good relationship with many of my team which made the working day good fun. Every week or so someone would bring in cake for thier birthday which was a nice surprise.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The student development side of the placement was quite well organised, but the work not so much. I felt like many of my jobs were ad-hoc rather than structured, and my support was mainly need as-and-when. This was a good way to work on as many projects as possible but meant I was not able to work on a continuous project which would have been nice.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

  18. 8/10

  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Working from home


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. Location was the main issue for me, I might be interested in working for them in different office in Europe or else where, but not Darlington.
    I had the chance to work with a colleagues in Germany and the US, and working in that capacity in the future would definitely interest me.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

  24. 8/10

  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. ~£250 a month for rent.
    £2/3 for pints.


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Nightlife was average, there were a few clubs but nothing special. Me and a couple placement students went out in Newcastle a few times which was great fun and there are late trains able to take you back to Darlington. During the day there are a lot of choices for pubs and bars.


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

  30. 6/10

  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Product Design/Industrial Design

North East

18th June 2020

£18,000 - £19,999

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