Get involved in projects within the team. Lots of IT stuff. Lots of shadowing and seeing what other people do. Could be doing anything from working out on track fitting new equipped to riding in the cabs of trains to designing a new office layout. Not very predictable.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Yes. Great to get a break from Uni. Seen lots of new things. Worked with some great people and learned a lot.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
People appreciate the work I do. They often ask and take on board my opinion.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
In some ways you make your own way when you get here. The more you can branch out, the more you will get to see and do. The local managers were all very accommodating and supportive and people are always happy to help whenever you have a problem.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always had projects to get on with and there were a lots of meeting to attend, weather you were directly involved or shadowing someone else. Some days the finishing time could be a bit spontaneous, in or out of your favour.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt that I could have coped with more responsibility. Most of my projects were led by other people and I didn't have a "day job" that I was responsible for.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My organisation, planning and communication skills have come on a lot. I think this will help with my time back at Uni. I wouldn't say I have learned many skills that are directly applicable to my degree though.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Calm and Friendly. Everyone had time for you. Everyone had a good laugh but you could still get on with work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I had a basic structure at the start but some more structure would have been beneficial. I found myself going off and finding people to things to do and people to shadow in order to learn more.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invested a lot of time if that counts. I did a couple of safety courses and a presentation skills course. however I didn't need much training to fulfil my role.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They have expressed strong interest in having me back when I graduate. No official offer yet though (possibility as I haven't finished my placement yet) There is also still a lot to learn and do within the company and the work is interesting so I am definetly considering them as a career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We had monthly meeting where we were given the freedom to arrange trips or discuss what we'd been up to. This was good as you hear about opportunities that can be applicable to yourself. However since I was the only student in my area there wasn't much day to day contact with the others, other than over the phone.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home so I didn't have much trouble socialising. I had high transport costs though as I had an hour commute most days but the company subsidised this (so long as you get the train). if you were to live in one of the cities where the placement was based (Exeter or Plymouth) there is a pretty good social scene and lots going on if you put yourself out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Didn't really go out where the placement was based as I lived at home an hour away. Plymouth is a pretty good night out. No idea about Exeter. I hear its expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yeah there are loads of clubs and sports teams to join, as there are in any other city.