Applying Delcam's software to engineering situations and assisting companies to produce ground breaking technology.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much enjoyed working at Delcam, the staff are very friendly and made me feel welcome. The social events that Delcam run are also a great way to get to know people in the company you might never meet.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From the first day I arrived at Delcam my colleagues made me feel like one of the family. Leaving my placement will be a very sad day.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager is very supportive, he not only assists me but he helps to push me to do things without assistance and learn valuable lessons.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The way that Delcam works is by giving you a couple of tasks with a set time frame, this allows you to decide how busy you wish to be. This builds good time management skills and allows you to get the most out of your placement so that you don't get overloaded and your work doesn't suffer.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Very early on in my placement I was given work that contributed directly to the company. I was also given a project that lasted the length or my placement. This involved me creating and running test and chairing meetings with other people at the company.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During the first two weeks we received training it Delcam's main four software. This helped to enlighten us about the company. Throughout my placement I used several of these software and became proficient at them. On my placement I was able to undertake a dissertation project for my university degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was sat in a very active area in Delcam, this meant that if I wanted I could hear about many things the company was doing. It also allowed me to make many friends within Delcam.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised, they were also very flexible with the dates and time I would spend at the company. I was initially planning to do a summer placement but when I suggested doing my dissertation project, they were very happy to let me extend my time.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Delcam invest a lot into each placement student and graduate student. The two weeks of training comes with licences to all of their software, which lasts a couple of months after you leave. They also allow you to create and design parts that you can have produced.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A future with Delcam would be a bright future. Working at Delcam in the future could allow me to keep pushing myself and allow me to travel the world.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social aspect of Delcam allowed me to do something nearly every night I wanted to. Delcam has a large group of graduates who regularly meet up. Delcam also has a rock climbing club that can help you from a novice to advanced.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Depending on how far from Delcam you are the accommodation can be quite cheap. A few of the nicer locations are quite hard to commute from, you would need to get a bus/train into Birmingham and then back out, much easier with a car. Socialising was cheap and with lots of choices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Some of Birmingham's highest rated pubs are in the town of Moseley just 4-5 miles from Delcam and where most graduates live.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes both with other graduates and older staff. The only actual club there currently was organised was the climbing club, this was heavily subsidised by Delcam.