1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the placement year and was given a lot of opportunities to excel.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued. My opinion/research/comments and input were basis of a lot of important and valuable/profitable decisions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Whenever I needed support I only had to ask.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were extremely busy days at points where I worked a little late but there were times were I was relaxed. It all comes down to how you plan your calendar.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility. I travelled alone to suppliers in Germany and created plans for important projects. The team will push you to see what you can offer and then work on that.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
A range of skills I developed include team building exercises, time and project planning, presenting, maintaining customer-supplier relationships, as well as CAD on a more technical side
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Fun at times and dedicated at important times.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It took me a couple of months to get a very clear idea of my role as there are no specific projects from the start that I was assigned to. Once I became comfortable I realised that most of the time I was in charge of course my placement would take.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I got a lot of support in different areas. Seeing as there are several undergraduate we attended company organised workshops for presentation skills, abstract writing, report writing, and a lot more including Prince 2 training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, time will tell.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We were 16 placement students in different areas of the company. We were brought together by the company in an initial social occasion and then continued to hang out. (I lived with two other placement students at BAT)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I worked in Southampton so living was not really expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are a lot of options for going out and the seeing as Southampton is a student town with two large universities, there is a large student crowd.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a fair mount including bike riding in the New Forest, Go Carting, and a number of sports clubs. Even within the company there are football and basketball teams. Occasionally peers set up tournaments within the company.