On the job learning is a key element of the industrial placement programme and students will work full-time on interesting projects with the support of experienced professionals. Industrial placement students are supported by a structured training programme consisting of monthly training events and site visits. There is also the option to start working towards professional chartership during the placement year.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement with Mace very much. There was something new to be involved with every week, which meant there was never a dull moment and helping to be part of the delivery team for a substantial project was very rewarding. You get to meet and have discussions with people from all walks of life who have such substantial knowledge, advice and experience, it can be a very humbling and an encouraging life experience. The head office support was always there and we were given direct contacts to speak to anyone about any concerns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt highly valued by my colleagues and there was a nice family atmosphere working for Mace. My colleagues were always willing to answer questions and any work I did for them was greatly received and most definitely not forgotten.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given constructive support and guidance on an almost regular basis. If I had any questions/ queries I could easily go to my line manager or senior colleagues and they were happy to help/ guide. I was offered advice on my professional development and career.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As I was on a placement, I wasn't inundated with work and responsibility from day one, they had given me time to introduce myself, find out who did what on the team and more importantly get a base understanding of the project. Then, work would come about from whoever required assistance and this eventually developed into regular projects and tasks set by all members from the team whether that be from the commercial team, MEP and construction/ site teams. This meant the there was something different to work on every week and they were projects of interest and quality,
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Not a lot to begin with, but as the project went on and there was more going on and a bit of requesting from myself I was allowed to oversee certain projects with a degree with autonomy. Also the head office team also provided us with a autonomous challenge to complete before the end of the placement which had a lot of support and guidance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All the skills that I had developed during my placement will most definitely help for my final year studies. Examples include, time-keeping, confidence and research skills. The programme also includes very high quality lectures at head office every 1-2 months which are on particular aspects of a construction project which re-enforce learning from university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very fun and sociable office atmosphere. There was always a positive attitude from everyone. Everyone got along easily and there was no newbie shyness from everyone when I started.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Excellent support from the head office talent and learning team who organised all the lectures and training.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Mace invests a substantial amount in their placement trainees, from high quality training modules to good quality tasks and great opportunities after the placement.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing employment prospects within Mace, on the placement programme if you perform well there is opportunity to join their graduate development programme, provided you meet their entry requirements upon completion of your degree course. Very clear progression route trough your chosen field and great incentives to join.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Very good, regular team social events and company events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London. Rent can be expensive but with careful spending you can still have a comfortable time. Salary is London weighted.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Plenty of volunteering opportunities and sports clubs you can be part of. London location means you will never be bored with anything to do.