1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement offered many opportunities to be involved in multiple areas of the business, also with many opportunities to travel/
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Once gaining knowledge about the specific department, my colleagues valued my input and was always willing to discuss and take on my ideas to develop solutions to problems.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor and manager were always there for support and always willing to help me regardless of how complex the question was.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The daily work varied dependent upon the workload of the department. However, during quieter times, I was able to use my initiative to work projects I feel could benefit the company.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Over the course of the year, and as my knowledge of the department increased, so did the responsibility I was given. Support was always on offer throughout the year to help me complete tasks successfully.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During my placement I was in a strategic marketing role, however, my degree is in Chemical engineering. Whilst this was useful to see the commercial side of the business, it didn't enable me to develop my engineering knowledge to aid my Masters year at university. However, I did enhance many skills I previously had, such as communication and leadership, and also developed coding knowledge.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
All of the people in Worcester were very welcoming and always willing to chat, enabling a good working environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very organised and there was always support available from my supervisor and manager, and HR if required. This support enabled me to get up to speed with the business quickly, allowing me to competently perform tasks within a few weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The training received was mainly on the job. However, by working in a multi disciplinary team, I was able to learn form many experiences throughout the placement. If I was interested in a particular part of the project, the company was always willing to let me have some form of involvement.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company would provide a good basis to develop my engineering knowledge and achieve my goal of becoming a chartered chemical engineer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As Worcester was not the main hub for placement students, the social scene was small compared to the Hersham Office. However, the small group of graduates and placement students in Worcester did have a good social scene.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Worcester is a relatively cheap place to live in, and the city centre has lots of pubs and small shops and places to eat!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are many pubs in Worcester, but for what I would call 'a good night out' you would have to travel further afield. However, both Birmingham and Cheltenham are easily accessible on the train.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The social groups and the welcoming Worcester office provided many activities outside of the offie.