Structural design and analysis
Finite element modelling
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Lots of responsibility and very friendly staff. The office was very nice.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given things to do on a daily basis and once you show that you are capable at carrying out tasks you were let to get on with things completely by yourself
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was always someone to talk to about any problems with the work that was being undertaken with lots of admin and HR staff to help with any office issues as well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally had work to do on most days. There was the odd day which was quieter but the busy ones made up for them
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Working on a real job along side other engineers. Work was always checked and you were pretty much able to tailor the individual jobs to your liking.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All very important aspects of my degree were involved as well as general office life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People generally got on with their work, what you would expect from a professional business. Could approach anyone if I had a problem with a particular area of work which is always very important. They were all very friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From day one I was put onto the project that I worked on throughout my placement. I was given a laptop that was specifically set up with software tailored for my use which enabled me to get stuck in to my work straight away.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Attended 3 or 4 training sessions that were free and held at the office due to its size and the number of employees. Also attended a few e-training sessions held during lunch times and project update meetings.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was offered a job when I have finished my MSc without the need to apply on-line which was very nice. Made all the work during my time there feel recognised and made to feel a part of the engineering team.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Being in central London there is always things going on. Regular social events including a sports club with different sessions throughout the week and bar nights. One member of staff ran a boot camp two nights a week in a nearby park.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Subsidised canteen helped although travelling in London is never cheap. Tube stations were positioned very nicely along with a train station. Food prices were quite expensive outside the office but the canteen was well priced.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
A variety of pubs, bars and restaurants around and always people from the office going out for lunch and dinners. A night out was arranged for me leaving which was also very nice and good fun being so central.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots of sports competitive games against other companies. A little hard to get involved during a placement though it would have been easier being employed full time. Charity activities and other team bonding sessions were also available.