I worked within a mill learning about daily operations and helping to solve problems occuring on the manufacturing line.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really loved my internship. I learnt a lot about the steel industry and the manufacturing industry and I expanded my materials knowledge. I also made some good friends and I developed professionally so that I became more confident. The only negative was that I sometimes struggled to gain the information I needed straight away and often it took a lot longer to find and chase down the right people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got on really well with my collegues, they were really friendly and helpful and open to answer any questions, even questions that seemed a bit stupid. At the end of the placement I was thanked for all the hard work I had done and I was asked if I wanted to apply for the following year.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I could have been given more support, however I dont think this is reflected across the company as other internship managers seemed more supportive than mine. I worked in a department where the manager was often away and when he was in the office he had a lot of meetings. There definately could have been some more support in terms of guidance from my manager.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always had something to do or something to learn. At the start of the placement it was a bit slow, I had to get my head around what the department did and what roles everybody did. But once I got stuck into my project I always had something to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility, I was allowed to set up my own meetings and go down to the mill when I wanted. However my work was alwys checked which is a good thing because I didnt have any confidence before I did my placement
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This has been a brilliant opportunity to learn more about the steel industry and as industry as a whole. I think this placement has certainly allowed to me learn more about the costs and issues associated with material manufacturing and also has expanded my commercial knowledge.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was quite quiet in my office, and we didnt really do anything as a department outside of work, which was not what I expected, however this is likely to be the team I was in as other teams didnt have this problem.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Really good, I had no issues. HR were fantastic and answered all my questions very quickly and it was a very smooth process in terms of contract and relocation.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think the company could have invested more in me, through spending more money on training courses and conferences so that I could have become more knowledgeable. Maybe they could even set up lunch and learns for all their interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I really liked Tata steel as a company however I will need to consider my employment opportunities further because at this current time I dont know if I wish to work in the steel industry. However if I did I would happily work for Tata Steel.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It was good, I made some good friends and we went out clubbing and bowling and cinema every week, which was great because I had moved from home.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was really cheap to live and socialise in my area. I paid around £60 a week to live which is far less than I pay at University.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was a bit rubbish because it is a small town, however we did take trips to the local cities and had some great nights out there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Tata steel didnt really offer any other activities outside of work, however the interns organised via email to meet up on a weekly basis.