Systems Engineer


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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 throughly enjoyed it, and learned a lot more about air traffic control in the UK. As a student it allowed me to hone the skills I've been taught while at university for use within the industry.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The employees within NATS were all very friendly, from day 1 of my placement. They accepted me as another member of the team and not just as a student who was their temporarily.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • While there I had no official buddy, I was given plenty of support by the employee who was directly responsible for overseeing the project I was assigned.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Some days I had a lot to get done, while others it was just working on one specfic job. At the beginning of the placement there were times when I had nothing to do, although it was beacuse they were still assessing what to give me.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given my own project to work on. Creating a prototype of a system and proving it can work.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • My programming skills have improved greatly during my placement years, which has allowed me more time to work on other projects while back at university. Unfortunatly the documentation skills I learned while working haven't helped much while at university due to work getting to the point in as few words, whereas universites impose word limits.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was good in the office. Every birthday led to cakes, and jokes were plently.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • When I joined the placement scheme, there was no clear defined placement scheme. However during the year there and working with the graduates, we helped the company create a scheme for future placement students.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • They gave me adequate training during my first week there. And additional training when I began working with specific systems. The company has additionally funded my last year of study and given me a project to do for my final year project.


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

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I have been offered a graduate job with the company on the condition that I receive a 2:1 in my degree.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yup we generally met during the lunch hour to socialise, and we organised a few outings together.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Southampton can be an expensive town to go out socialising in, espicially on fridays and saturdays.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Nightlife is good, plently of choice of where to go, Nightclubs, bars, pubs etc.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • The company hosts a variety of clubs for the employees to get involved in, and we organised events for ourselves additionally.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)



January 2010

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