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Rating

3.5/5
  • The Role
    3.7
  • The Company
    3.7
  • The Culture
    3.1

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • A great opportunity to learn about a industry and business area that I had very little knowledge of before. Also learnt about the true meaning of a full time and using your own knowledge to solve issues which will aid the business in some way.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Felt valued as often asked my own thoughts on areas and problem solving tasks. Was fully integrated into the team. But also people understand that you have limited knowledge and are willing to help.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Had monthly one to ones with my line manager and the manager who I was working with at the time. Also lots of support from previous graduates who now worked there full time. Was also given support and guidance from different aspects of the business not just my own area. Also had to write my dissertation while on placement and they were willing to give me time and peoples own knowledge to help me with completing it.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Depending on what time of the month depended how busy I was. Was manic some weeks and quiter in others, also depended on the time of year. But was able to learn through this how to balance work more efficiently.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I had my own daily tasks and monthly tasks to complete. Which were completely my responsibilty. Also a number of individuals projects which I could work on. However also worked with other members of the team to provide support and a learning opportunity for me to learn from.

    3/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I received lots of training in a multiple of areas. Some skills I gained from working at NATS were generic business skills that they don't teach you at uni. In regards to my degree the area I worked in has now meant for that final year Supply Chain is one of my main modules.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • We were going through a number of changes within the department but the team like atmosphere was great during my whole time there.

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very well organised with a placement timetable, objectives and understanding of my role set when I started. Even when changes happened to my placement it was flexible enough to change but also allowed the structure to remain intact.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company invested in me by allowing for me take part in numerous training courses (internal/ external). Allowed for me to take part in a number of different business opportunities so that I gained a wide set of knowledge and skills.

    4/5

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

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Above 25 days holiday

    Healthcare from home

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I was advised that the whole year was a year long interview and that by how hard you worked and proved yourself was a good indicator for the future.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There are sports clubs and other students to get involved with. But depending on which area you worked in depended on how much time you spent with other students.

    3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cheap as I lived at home. But normal prices for Portsmouth and Southampton.

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Portsmouth and Southampton good nightlife and both uni cities so lots to do.

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Charities, running clubs, football clubs were available within the company.

    3/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Purchasing and Supply

South East

June 2013


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