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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Carry out engineering analysis for a variety of different projects. Software development to support the above

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • A really good experience on the whole, lots of interesting and varied work


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Made to feel very welcome, 'buddy' assigned to help you through the first weeks. Lots of team / group social evenings / lunches. Lots of good office chat.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Team meeting once a fortnight gives chance to raise any concerns, manager always available for one-to-one chats.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Management very concious of staff's workload, constantly review and adjust to match time available. Usually busy enough, some quiet patches. Flexitime scheme an excellent perk of the job


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Being sole developer of various software projects meant that I was responsible for delivering them on time and budget


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • 2 new programming languages learnt during the year, really useful for the final years of my degree. Presentation and report writing skills greatly improved too.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Fun and light-hearted, but also hard-working, especially when deliverable deadlines approaching


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Standard induction and training scheme, followed by just jumping straight in to project work. Regular update meetings with supervisor throughout the year


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I participated in a number of compulsory and optional training courses, including fire safety, first aid, manual handling, software courses


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

    Subsidised Canteen

    International Travel

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Sponsorship scheme for final years at uni with guaranteed graduate interview after graduation


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Although I did not participate much, there were regular nights out with other students.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Based in Kent, so rent and living costs relatively high. Other company sites would be cheaper to live close too.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Three large towns with 15 mins train / car journey, with pubs, clubs, bars etc. London not far away either


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • A number of groups / clubs exist, such as photography, sailing, football etc exist


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Armed Forces/Military, Computer and Systems Engineering, Engineering, Science/Research

3rd August 2012

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