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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The placement at NATS was a really good experience which I thoroughly enjoyed!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was complimented on the work that I completed, and felt that I added value to the project team.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My colleagues were always on hand to give support. I felt everyone at NATS was happy to help me and were keen to bring out my full potential.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Most of the time, on the project, it was really busy however there were times more to the beginning of the placement where it was a bit quiet because I didn't have a full understanding of what I would be working on, but I was very quickly given work once I had completed reading up on this. After this phase of reading up on things, there was a constant flow of work and I was regularly offered new bits of work if things became quiet.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a lot of responsibility as a NATS Systems Engineering IP and was treated as a normal full time employee.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • NATS has certainly given me invaluable experience within the Engineering Industry that I will use in the future. NATS has provided experience and knowledge that University could not give me. It has also helped improve my organisational skills, communication skills and problem solving ability.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was good most of the time and people were friendly. You could have a laugh here and there but the work was taken very seriously and being a project there was a lot of concentration on work needed to ensure deadlines were met.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The organisation of the overall work placement did seem to run seamlessly, including the large amount of training that we received. I don't believe this would be the same at other companies, and I think the IP scheme at NATS is very well organised and structured. It would seem NATS are constantly improved the scheme and always looking at faults to improve.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company invested a lot of money in training for placement students which is fantastic. I was given a fantastic amount of training to learn more about the company and gain a broad experience of Systems Engineering. Additional training that could be required for the department I was working on was always given if necessary and the project seemed happy to pay for this training to payback for my efforts within the project.


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

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • NATS is a fantastic company to work for and I look forward to hearing whether I will be given a graduate position or not.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There was a good social scene amongst all the placement students and graduates in NATS, we regularly went for a pub lunch on Friday afternoons and regularly met up in evenings and on weekends for various social events.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The cost of living and socialising within Whiteley/ Hampshire is fairly cheap, and much cheaper than my University town. NATS employees received a lot of discounts which made things easier and cheaper.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Portsmouth and Southampton were both only a 25 minute train journey away from NATS which allowed for a good night out.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are a lot of activities outside of work that are organised by the NATS Sports and Social Club including weekly sport clubs which could be free and various other events. The problem was not having enough time to get involved with everything!


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

South East

May 2013

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