Within my role I provided technical expertise to my team where requested whilst managing my own project(s). On a day to day basis I sit in and run meetings to ensure that projects are being run on time and that all work is completed to a high standard. When I am not in meetings I am usually in the lab conducting test on devices that I am working on to feed into the project.
Over the past year I have really developed my presentation related skills including public speaking and presentation making. I also spent time developing my project management skills. I was able to take the opportunity to utilise internal learning development skills to develop my technical knowledge on areas such as 5G and other IOT related technologies allowing me to broaden my existing skills.
Yes I was given I feel a lot of freedom and responsibility during my year placement where I was able to run my own projects that I was responsible for delivering on time. I was also given the opportunity to connect with other third party companies and act as a representative for the company.
I received a lot of guidance during the first couple of months that set me up with the connections and training that I required throughout the year with monthly meetings with the internal placement team where any other queries could be answer. I was also provided an internal 'buddy' that was able to answer any other questions that were less specific.
The company atmosphere is amazing at BAT. Everyone is really friendly and experts in their respective fields, this was not only true for people that I directly worked with but all the way up through members of leadership that I interacted with. I could not have hoped for a better reception and team to work with during my year.
Before my placement year I was unsure of taking one at all but I was non the less lucky enough to get an offer from BAT. Having been all the way through the year now I have no regrets for taking a placement year and it has been one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable years of my life, all the way from the people I got to interact with to the work I conducted.
Don't hesitate, you will have one of the most rewarding years of your life where you will develop skills that you will utilise if not in your final years of university but definitely in your professional careers and for the rest of your life. Along side this you will have great networking opportunities that will allow you to fast track your career when you are ready to take the step into your professional life.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Computer and Systems Engineering
23rd August 2021