Software Engineer

by BAE Systems

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  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • The role involved building new software or further developing current software alongside the team you've been place in. The day would start with a stand-up before we get to work. We would have a sprint planning every two weeks where we decide on which tasks we will tackle each day for the next two weeks before having another sprint planning.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I've further develop my skills in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I also learned the Django framework. I also strengthened my understanding in non-programming skills such as using git's more advanced features, code reviewing and been exposed to using virtual machines and remote computers. Also I've learned non-technical skills such as collaborating with team members, planning large projects and effectively managing my time.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I had a bit of responsibility. Most of the time I was as responsible as my other team members for the software development. However, I was solely responsible for the planning and development of a brand new project after I accumulated enough training.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • I had access to at least one team member almost all the time if I ever got stuck. They guided me through and was happy to teach me many new things I didn't know before. I also was free to talk to my line manager whenever he wasn't occupied with a meeting about anything I needed to. They were also quite understanding when I had went through some rough times.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 3/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • My branch was quite chill. Everyone got along and were very friendly. They were supportive and never turned down a conversation. The company is very into helping local schools and charities as well, as well as providing lots of exciting opportunities for trips such as team building exercises in the Scottish Highlands.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I enjoyed my placement quite a lot. I learned a lot, am proud of the work I have done as well as felt accepted and enjoyed my time. I would love to go back if given the opportunity.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at BAE Systems
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems
  • Be sure to talk heavily about your past leadership roles with enthusiasm, it serves as a good springboard to answer any interview question. I believe that was a major part of what got me the placement.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Computer Science

South West

May 2022

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