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Rating

3.1/5
  • The Role
    3.3
  • The Company
    3.0
  • The Culture
    2.8

Role Description

The job title is carried by most employees and gives nothing away (intentionally I guess) and covers a broad range of tasks and professions. As a student you will likely be working on many different projects during your placement ranging from analysis and programming to soldering and trudging around in fields.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • This placement came with its peaks and lows, however the peaks easily out weighed the lows with the lows being mainly during high pressure time constrained situations. A vast variety of different projects and work available allows you to experience many different jobs within one job

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • You get the opportunity to work with a large range of different people so get the chance to make lots of relationships on different levels. There is some degree of student prejudice however it is normally light hearted and didn't have much effect on the experience.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • There was some support from the line management and they do care about your welfare and future plans. More attention was given to permanent staff with regards to career plans and development however this is probably to be expected.

    3/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • It tended to vary more either week by week or month by month as you would be busy with a project for a length of time until it ended and then depending on how proactive you are, a cool down period afterwards until the next project arose. It is very much a find your own work atmosphere and you do tend to have to put yourself out there to get the best work.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Responsibility varied from project to project, with some projects finding myself doing the key bulk part of the work and with others involving simpler "point and click" sort of tasks.

    3/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Given the diversity of work available from this placement it is fairly easy to find relevant work that will complement your degree. It gave me a very good idea how business' ran along with projects, budgets and costings as well as improving my technical and practical knowledge.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • A very lively and talkative atmosphere, despite seating only 5, with frequent debates and friendly people. Offices tend to very much have people coming and going and rarely is there ever an office which has full attendance.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The company has had a steep learning curve with the placement students and now offers a fairly good complete package that is handled very professionally.

    3/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Training opportunities were available and reasonably frequent. Projects also provided a fair level of on the job training.

    4/5

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

    Above 25 days holiday

    2/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • It would be enjoyable to get further summer placements with the organisation and there is reasonable demand for it, however I cannot see myself seeking permanent employment there post degree as I would prefer the private sector.

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • As there are so many students being taken on each year (15-20) there are many social opportunities and you can build very strong social relationships over the year.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Orpington, the nearby town, is not overly expensive given its proximity to London and Sevenoaks however it is more expensive than most places.

    2/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Orpington, the nearby town, has limited to no night-life but for a couple of pubs, however proximity to London and Bromley give the opportunities for a good night out if you make the effort.

    2/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are a few sports clubs in the local area and the new starters group organise various events outside of work which everyone is welcome to attend.

    4/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

29th July 2013


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