I really enjoyed my placement year and the tasks I was involved in. I felt extremely valued and supported by everyone I worked with. The team were very welcoming allowing me to feel part of the team. I worked on a variety of interesting tasks and was given a various of roles which helped me develop my understanding and knowledge of planning in practice. I was never short of work and was given prior notice of the tasks which will be given. The knowledge I have gained throughout this year will stand me in good stead for my final year at university. Overall I found my placement year hugely beneficial, and Arup being a brilliant company to work for.
I felt really valued by my colleagues as they very eager for me to be involved in different aspects of a project, allowing me to develop my planning knowledge and understanding of my role as a planner. Everyone was very inclusive and welcoming, making me feel part of the team and motivated to complete the tasks given.
My supervisors were extremely supportive in all tasks I was given. I felt very comfortable asking for help as they were always willing to assist and took time out of their day to explain tasks and give guidance. They ensured my well-being was at the forefront making sure I felt comfortable working on tasks and was not overloaded with work, as well as allowing me to be flexible with the hours I worked when needed.
I worked on various projects throughout my placement year and very rarely was sat looking for additional work. I was given notice regarding the tasks they would like me to complete as well as the amount of time which should be spent completing them. This allowed me to prioritize work and plan plan my week accordingly.
I feel the tasks and roles given were very fitting with the current knowledge and understanding I have. However, throughout my placement year as my knowledge and confidence grew, so did the responsibility I was given. I worked on tasks which were challenging allowing me to develop and gain the essential skills needed as a planning consultant.
Throughout my placement year I had to complete various assessments for university. Not only did the skills and training I received help greatly in completing these, the tasks and projects I worked on throughout the year are very relatable to the content of my degree. This allowed me to make the connection between the theory and practice of planning which is hugely beneficial when completing my final year of my degree.
Everyone within the office was extremely welcoming and made me feel very included.
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Placement Year (10 Months+)
8th October 2020