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Rating

2.9/5
  • The Role
    2.7
  • The Company
    2.8
  • The Culture
    3.4

Role Description

Work on projects assigned by the team leader and project manager. Checking emails. Lab work.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Interesting projects which allowed me to practice skills learnt at university.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Some teams were quite close knit but mine only really set me solo projects and didn't interact with me much.

    2/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Supervisor helped me out when I needed it and sorted me out with my paperwork when I arrived and left.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Towards the end of the year I wasn't set many projects and was left to just read my emails.

    2/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Didn't feel like they gave me much responsibility but I think that was don to the team you are assigned to.

    2/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • When working on projects it was like practicing lab work back at university so I feel more comfortable with using the required skills when returning for my next year.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The people in my office weren't too interesting, but I got on better with other people my own age in other buildings.

    2/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Only issue was my security clearance when I arrived, it took them a month to sort it out, but otherwise it was easy to start work there.

    3/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • My team eader tried to set me tasks which focused on areas of engineering I wished to practice.

    3/5

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

    National Travel

    Above 25 days holiday

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I wouldn't mind working there but it isn't what I wish to do for a career.

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • All the new starteds met up for lnch and went to organised events.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The area was quite expensive in terms of rent.

    2/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Very close to London so nightlife was great. 30 mins train from London Charing Cross.

    5/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Lots of club are operated by members of Dstl, emails are sent round to everyone to get people going.

    4/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

17th August 2012


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