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I found my year placement at Airbus very enjoyable overall. It was, as I can imagine is the case with all placements, a bit strange to go from Uni into a professional working environment but I would definitely recommend the internship to other students keen to get real industrial experience.
I had the privilege of working with a great team. They were always willing to help on any matter, friendly in the office and regularly organised social sessions.
I was given as much support and guidance as I required. Airbus were very willing to accommodate any requests I made while I worked for them.Excellent support. Areas of improvement suggested, complimented on good work.
Work loads varied from day to day but on average I was kept busy with work that I felt helped make a difference to the department and business as a whole. I found that the amount of work I was given was very much down to how proactive I was in finding/completing it.
The particular department I worked in allowed me to take on a reasonable amount of responsibility. This was very much down to the degree of proactivity I took in tackling various tasks I had. I found that the more work I sought out myself, the more I was able to take on tasks that had real impact and carried proper responsibility. This was a good thing about the placement with Airbus as it pushed me to work hard during less busy periods.
The experiences and training I received at Airbus helped more to develop my transferable/life skills (rather than those gained through academia) such as public speaking, working with team members and day to day problem solving.
Great atmosphere, team was excellent. Would have preferred it not to be in a porta-cabin but can't have everything!!Everyone worked hard but then also had a good laugh every so often.
The organisation was good, with monthly intern communications which interns from other departments gave presentations on what they were doing..Airbus have a good, well structured internship programme on the whole.
Airbus was very keen to accommodate requests for training/development. Very rarely was it the case that I was unable to take part in something/training due to the length of my placement. Often I felt like Airbus were investing in me so that I would consider coming back.
Above 25 days holiday
Future employment is a very viable prospect having worked in this internship. I have been invited to a 'speeded-up' interview process due to the good work that I did during my placement.
There is a strong intern base at Airbus, especially at Filton in Bristol where I worked. It is easy to make friends and partake in intern related events.There was a great social scene, though there is no formal society set up. You get to meet other interns through various situations, e.g. intern comms, lunch at the canteen, etc.
Bristol is a fantastic city that caters for students brilliantly. There ample cheap student and plush professional establishments in and around the centre.
Bristol has one of the best nightlife of any place outside London - you can't go wrong with a trip out to the centre. Great variety of bars and clubs. Student nights also popular as two universities are located in Bristol.
There were many opportunities, though they would have to be organised by yourself or friends. Bristol has activities for anyone.
Placement Year (10 Months+)