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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I worked as a member of the Operational Analysis department on the Science Industrial Placement Scheme at NATS. I very much enjoyed my placement overall and learnt a great deal about domestic and international air traffic management as well as a wide range of other aviation-related topics.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Every member of the Operational Analysis department made me feel welcome and at ease. This made it really easy to ask any questions I had during the year. Everyone was always willing to help me with my work and were easy to get along with.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My supervisor was very supportive and organised - we had regular meetings every month to review my work plan and progress. Meetings were also organised to discuss placement-related reports and visits.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • There is always work to be getting on with but never too much so that you feel overloaded. My supervisor was always willing to talk about workload and it was easy to say when I felt I had too much or too little work.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I always felt part of the team and the work and responsibility I was given reflected this. I was given lots of opportunities to think for myself and influence decision-making.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • My time management skills have definitely improved over the year. This will help me to work more efficiently when I go back to university. I have also had experience in analysing large data sets, writing technical reports and giving presentations.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Open plan office - very easy to communicate. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very well organised - the industrial placement scheme within the Operational Analysis department has been running very successfully for a number of years.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • There were lots of opportunities to go on training or familiarisation courses. There were also opportunities to visit operational sites to put my work into context, e.g. Heathrow Tower and Air Traffic Control Centre visits.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I would consider NATS as a career following my placement.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Got on very well with other students on placement. Cinema, gym, bowling etc.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Pretty standard I think...expect a rent of around £300


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nearest nights out are in Portsmouth/Southampton/Winchester. Fareham has a few pubs but nothing much.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Football, pub crawls, bowling evening etc.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Aerospace/Aviation, Mathematics/Statistics

South East

June 2013

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