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Role Description

Aid engineering related activities through project management or as an engineering resource entirely.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed the placement with Cooper Industries. The people I worked with really made the year.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. I worked alongside co-operative and receptive colleagues. I was given responsibility for projects that delivered amounts of cost-savings that were vital to the businesses cost-productivity figures. Through the responisbility i was given, i felt very valued.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. I worked directly for a Director for 8months and for the project management manager for the remainder. Both were fantasic resources for advice and guidance as I progressed with my projects. I had regular reviews to discuss my workload and my performance, reflecting on this with them has developed me far more than i thought i could in the space of a year


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. I was pushed on a regular basis, but if i had too much to do, i'm expected to communicate this. Obviously there has been some days where i've worked extra hours to get work completed for deadlines, but the general balance has been very good as i've almost set my own capacity.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I positioned myself into owning a $160k project that deals with reducing cost of products that we sell in volumes of 2million of per year. I earned the opportunity to do this through demonstarting smaller amounts of responsibility in the first few months.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. Engineering-wise, I'll need to brush up on mathematics and theory based studies for my electrical engineering degree, but my personal presentation, confidence, and business awareness has been improved dramatically. This will help with my Masters year and any group final major project that i may have to complete.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. The environment is very good, the office has been refurbished and kept in a good condition which definitely makes a difference. The offices are all open plan which helps people feel as though they can quickly drop over to see other people and really encourages a good ethic of communication


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. I can't fault the scheme that has been set-up by head office, nor can i fault the experiences i was given by my manager.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

  18. 8/10

  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. National Travel

    International Travel

    Company Parties/Events


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. I have completed the intern scheme through cooper and have been offered a place on their graduate scheme for after i return from university


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. There were 3/4 of us throughout the year so most socialising was set-up by ourselves.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. This can vary depending on the site you are placed in, but where i was, the price was within my means.


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

  28. 5/10

  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. I started playing badminton through someone at work and have been for the past year. I lived in loughborough, whose university specialise in sports related degrees/courses so there were lots of opportunities.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Computer and Systems Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Manufacturing, Material and Mineral Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Telecommunications

East Midlands

6th July 2012

£14,000 - £15,999

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