I enjoyed every aspect of my internship, i would love to work for there company in the future, as I’m not only interested in the work that they provide, but the role that I can play for the business. I felt apart of something big during my placement and would encourage any other student to get involved and join GE. As you get treated with respect and you are given lots of responsibilities and learning experiences.
I felt apart of the team at GE. I was treated very well by my colleagues and would say we were very friendly and would often do things outside of work. Everyone is very supportive and understanding of your situation, which makes the transition of the job easier. I could not speak highly enough as the workplace culture is very positive and friendly. Most colleagues worked well together, felt like a very valued team member regardless of my lack of experience.
I was supported and guided throughout my placement, by various levels of management. I was also given support with elements outside of work, where they would support me with any challenges I was facing. Many times I would sit down with my managers and have one on ones on the tasks I was given. I was supported fully by my managers but also by my team, whenever I was unsure or needed advice.
I was often busy with workload and always had something to do. I had a good balance where I never felt that I was too busy. I often always asked for more work from my colleagues. Over the placement the workload would increase along with my confidence and experience. By the end of the internship my productivity was high. With daily meetings my team always ensured that I had enough work to do, and that I wasn’t bored.
I was allowed to run with my own projects which were assigned to me. I was given support and guidance, but apart from that I was managing my own workloads and was allowed freedom with how my projects were run. I enjoyed this aspect very much as it gave me a lot of experience and knowledge into environmental health. I was responsible for reporting and investigating issues on site, which I would follow up myself.
I developed loads of communication skills which is very important with my role that requires me to communicate with various types of people. I also developed confidence in enforcement, allowing me to be more comfortable when enforcing policies/procedures onto others. Gaining my NEBOSH qualification also assisted as I am now more employable and more knowledgeable in my degree of environmental health. I also have a deeper understanding of environmental impacts which my degree did not cover.
It was a very positive and a happy place to work. I felt very comfortable and at ease during my placement. Everyone was very approachable, and helpful. My team especially would make the day go quicker as we would enjoy watchtowers company during the working day. Very supportive whilst I was adjusting to my new role, and to the very end of my placement. Made going to work everyday very pleasant, and get to see friendly faces.
It was very organized for the most part. Was given reasonable deadlines to hand work in. My workload slowly increased over the period of my placement which made for a good transition for when my responsibilities increased in the role. As I came more experienced the roles became more challenging which was very enjoyable. The work progressed from simple to more complex as I developed professionally, making my experience positive rather than overwhelming which was good.
I was very much invested in as I was placed on a first aid training course which I requested to do. I was also put in a waste packaging course, which was to give me a better understanding of one of the big tasks that I had to do. I was also out on NEBOSH a very costly program which had benefited me in the role but will also make me more employable in health and safety.
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Unfortunately it is very difficult to find opportunities within the business and had to sadly leave and become employed elsewhere. Roles within the business do not come up very often so it is very unlikely that I will get a chance to rejoin the company. I have job alerts for GE on, and it would be very likely that I would apply to rejoin the business. Was not offered a job during my placement due to the high column of staff.
A lot of the interns had organized social events outside of work, many of which I attended. I enjoyed this part of my placement, as I would often met weekly with interns and would visit different places in the area together. I made some friends from the placement who I still Keep in regular contact with. Would highly recommend anyone to get involved in social scenes with other interns as it is a great experience.
Cheltenham is a very affluent area but the prices to go out and socialize was affordable. Often going out for food and drinks with other colleagues was manageable. We would also go out for other activities which we receive ducking as the Ge family but also through our universities. Never had the experience where I could not attend anything to do the prices, GE also provided a lifestyle scheme which made doing physical activities very cheap.
I went on several nightlife experiences with interns and other colleagues during my placement. The area is very diverse giving lots of options to explore different pubs, bars and clubs. All of which were appropriate for young professionals. The business would organize plans for us to attend which was very helpful, but we also planned things amongst students and interns which made the experience more special and enjoyable. Would recommend attending some of the work parties that they throw.
There are many opportunities such as volunteering to help the wider community e.g supporting local businesses. Or you can have the opportunity to raise money for a local charity e.g cancer research. I also got involved in team building exercises where I got to knwo my team better. I also got invoked with other interns where we could socialize outside of work, and with other colleagues across different departments. This helped with the transition into the business.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Aerospace/Aviation, Engineering, Environmental
17th September 2020