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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • 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.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • 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.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • 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.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • 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.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • 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.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • 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.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • 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.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • 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.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • 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.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • 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.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • 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.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Bristol is a fantastic city that caters for students brilliantly. There ample cheap student and plush professional establishments in and around the centre.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 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.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There were many opportunities, though they would have to be organised by yourself or friends. Bristol has activities for anyone.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

South West

July 2015

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