Rating

8.5/10

54 reviews

  • The Role
    8.8
  • Organisation
    8.6
  • Socialising
    8.0

The Role

Role Description

Developing CADCAM software (C++)


  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. Although there was a bit of a learning curve, I learned a lot and valued my time at Delcam.

    8/10

  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. I was given real responsibility and support by colleagues.

    9/10

  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. My supervisor was always willing to help and very cheerful; he was able to help me when I got stuck. Other staff members were also available when I needed them.

    10/10

  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. I always had something to do, but there wasn't any level of time pressure.

    8/10

  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given a project to work on which would form a real part of the software I was developing.

    8/10

  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. I've learned a lot from my time at Delcam and a lot of the ideas and concepts I've come across will stay with me when I leave. As I plan to go into software development this industrial experience will be invaluable to my CV, but the things I have learned will also help me to understand how professional software development operates (or at least one approach to it)

    10/10

  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. Generally very positive. Everyone is friendly and open. The office space is fairly neutral.

    9/10

  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. Very well organised. I had a two-week training course before going into the placement proper and from then on was rarely ever at a loss as to what to do.

    9/10

  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. A lot. the first two weeks were a training course, where I learned a new programming language and gained insight into the company as a whole. Following this my supervisor particularly invested a lot of time supporting me.

    10/10

  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Subsidised Canteen

    Company Parties/Events

    7/10

  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. It is very appealing. I've been offered a job, but am not 100% decided on taking it at the moment (mainly due to other factors). They've given me time to think about it and it is an offer that I am taking very seriously.

    8/10

  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. Easy to socialise with other placement students (often went to a pub on Friday evenings). A bit harder with other colleagues, but I think that their general friendliness offset this.

    7/10

  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. Delcam actually offered to subsidise the rent of a house-share for placement students (although I commuted, for other reasons). The local area doesn't seem to be expensive for socialising.

    8/10

  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Not something I'm personally interested in, but it's not too far from Birmingham centre, which I imagine is pretty good.

    8/10

  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. There are a number of 'clubs' (go-karting, climbing etc), which seemed very good. If I hadn't been commuting I probably would've invested time in these. By all accounts lots of fun!

    9/10

  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?


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Internship (1-4 Months)

Computer and Systems Engineering

East Midlands

12th September 2014

£12,000 - £13,999


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