Rating

3.2/5
  • The Role
    4.3
  • The Company
    2.5
  • The Culture
    2.5

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed my time at Air Products, from my first day I was treated as another member of the team undertaking work which created real valve for the company. The social aspect of working in this company with many placement students and recent graduates was very good. The company has a positive forward thinking culture and there was a focus on opportunities for further training, particularly when it came to operations and office safety.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everyone I worked with in my industrial placement year with air products was very welcoming and willing to take the time to explain technical concepts. This allowed me to gain a good level of understanding of the process technology early in my year long placement, which in turn allowed me to contribute more valuable work in return. Those I worked with also made me feel valued by letting me know where I could improve my work, which showed they had an interest in my development.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • The work I produced was reviewed individually by my supervisor or as part of early engineering development which proved invaluable in developing my engineering skill set. The graduate community is a very effective support network allowing you to get questions answered about all different areas of the business without the need to go to a more senior member of staff with every question. Career talks were held by senior members of staff about their progression and to offer advice as well as guidance on gaining engineering chartership.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • The workload was high enough to keep me engaged in varied and interesting work, without overloading me. It gave enough room to get involved with other activities such as STEM education outreach with liquid nitrogen demonstrations to local school, careers fairs and so on. On a few occasions when the workload was high I would stay longer at the office, but the working hours were flexible and I was never pressured into working over my contract hours.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given lots of responsibility on a wide range of projects and tasks. Towards the second half of my placement I was the lead for a few projects, with oversight from my supervisor. A high level of responsibility was given to all of the placement students. The work I undertook was a key piece in the puzzle of engineering development of air separation plants. Like studying or any job the more effort you put into an opportunity the more you are likely to get out of it.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I undertook this placement year after completing three years of an integrated masters for chemical engineering. Many of the skills I gained were applied, and then developed over my time at air products. I received training with industry standard software that improves my employability in the engineering sector. I was fortunate with my role to gain a wide range of exposure to different engineering disciplines which helped me to decide what i wanted to do when once I graduate.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • 3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • 3/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • 3/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • 3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • 3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • 3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • 3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 3/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Chemical Engineering, Computer and Systems Engineering

South East

4th August 2020


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