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Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    3.8
  • The Company
    3.6
  • The Culture
    4.1

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The work was fairly interesting at times but not always. The work did not really relate to my degree but did pick up some valuable skills which will help me in the future.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Colleagues are very friendly and make you feel part of the team. I felt I had a role within the team and that my role was valuable to the projects that I was working on.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Support and guidance at NATS is excellent, they have a list of training courses that are compulsory whilst on your years placement, such as presentation skills. Monthly or sometimes weekly meetings with manager to discuss objectives and what I want to get out of the placement.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Some days I would be really busy to the point of working overtime then other days I would struggle to find work to fill the full 7 hours. Depends on the project and your manager.

    3/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • One of my projects I was given high responsibility, which involved project management. However, my other project I was given less responsibility, again depends on your manager.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Did not really develop any skill that will help me academically as the work invovled was not related to my degree. However, I did pick up some good skills such as presentation skills, organisational skills, project management skills and general people management and people skills which I know will help my later on in my career and perhaps in my group design project.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Was a good balance of work and play. Work was getting done but in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • NATS as a pretty good structure to its placement scheme and it is clear what is expected and what is to be done.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I went on several courses, not just the ones that were compulsory for being on the placement scheme but I went on a work package management course which helped me perform one of my roles in one of my projects.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I am unsure yet of what my prospects are within the organisation.

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Good bunch of placement students and direct entry graduates to go and socialise with.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Depends where you lived but I found it much cheaper than where I was renting at university and much nicer accommodation too.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Have portsmouth and southampton to choose from and both have good nightlife.

    5/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There is charity fun raising, sports, placement and graduate recruitment to get involved in. There is also an opportunity to get involved in organising a Away day for the placement and graduate students. I was involved in this and it was fun and very different to the work I was doing in NATS.

    5/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

South East

June 2012


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