1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my job at Submarines. I always had challenging and interesting work to complete and was given projects which I had ownership of and saw through from start to finish while working in HR. There was always a variety of work ongoing to be able to get involved with and if there was something I wanted to get involved with in my department it was clear that all I had to do was ask and people were more than happy for me to be involved. Further to placement work there was always the opportunity to get involved in projects out in the community either for the local community or for charity. Something which the Graduates/Placements at Submarines get heavily involved in and it's always good fun!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues in my department were always happy to help me and I felt valued by them. People were always greatful for the work completed and praise/recognition was given where a good job had been done. I felt valued in the sense that I was trusted to do the same work as HR Advisors in the business and was treated on an equal level to other employees in the department. I was trusted to attend meetings with Directors and Senior Management in my colleagues' place in order to represent them were they able to attend. Being invited to department nights out/events taking place also made me feel valued by my colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout the year I felt fully supported by management, both in the department I was working, and by the Graduate Manager. I had a weekly 1-2-1 review with my Placement Manager and reviews to look at performance with the Graduate Manager. If guidance or support was ever needed it was possible to ask and it would be provided, by both my department and Graduate Manager. People were always more than happy to help. Was also supported in relation to training courses that would help in my own development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always busy with work in my department. My weekly 1-2-1 included reviewing obectives and progress to date and work that was going on so should there be too much/little work on the horizon it would be identified early and could be rectified before the issue occured. This meant I felt I didn't have too much/little work to do throughout my placement.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given sufficient responsibility throughout my placement. I had my own projects to work and lead on, deilvering them from start to finish. I felt the responsibility I was given was no different to other full-time employees in the department. I was entrusted with work to complete for Directors and Senior Management in the Company.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
They will help me massively both in my final year at univesity and beyond this in a full time Graduate Position. I have attended numerous courses which I feel I have improved skills I need for university and the future including presentation skills and team working.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in my office was very friendly and people were always helpful, was never afraid to ask someone for help. It was good to have a couple of other Graduates in the office as the Graduates at Submarines are all very close/friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Extremely well organised - couldn't fault it one bit! The first placement is organised for you before commencing employment with the comany and from then on it is up to you how often/not you change placements over your time in the Company. Working in HR there was such a variety of work to do that I spent just under 12 months there getting experience in all different areas of HR, I am doing another placement in Project Management for 3 months seeing a completely different side of the Business. It is good to have the freedom to do pretty much what you want within the Business. I was also offered the opportunity to do a placement with another BAE Systems Business Unit. For the placement scheme there are placement plan and review forms which allow you to keep track of progress and at the start of each placement objectives are set and then reviewed at the end of the placement. The Graduate Manager has everything well organised and everyone know what's going on!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The Company has invested a lot of time and money in me in terms of training and development. I have attended numerous training courses which relate to both HR and Project Management, and also more general skills which will benefit me back at University next year, for example I attended a report writing course and a presentation skills course. By far the best course attended was a 2 week Management and Leadership Course which was held at HMS Collingwood - an opportunity offered to all Graduates and Placements in the Company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Extremely appealing! I have been offered a Graduate position in the Company which I fully intend to take up and will also benefit from sponsorship in my final year at University.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes - there is a very close Graduate Community at Submarines and the Industrial Placements are as involved as everyone else. There are numerous organised events which lots of people get involved with. Definitely will keep in touch with the friends I've made this year!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living is very cheap in Barrow.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I enjoy the nightlife here and often that's more to do with the people that you're out with. Always have a good night and it's cheap! A variety of places to go/things to do on a night out and there's always lots of people out, whether it's an organised activity/night out or just a last minute decision to head out!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes - there's always comminuty/charity work going on from painting school playgrounds to school competitions. All graduates and placemetns get involved and you can get as involved as you like.