Performing analysis on quality issues of both production and pre production cars' body and interior trim. All findings would be put into a report along with a recommended course of action.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This placement gave me the opportunity to see an overview of the manufacturing process of cars. I was supported by my team throughout the placement, although my work was never specified to one module.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
At times, especially at the beginning it felt as though jobs nobody else wanted to do were given to you. However, mixed in with this was a lot of meaningful, interesting and challenging tasks.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I feel the support system wasn't as robust as it could have been. However, any help needed would be available on request.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My department had very busy, and very slow periods.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Within some of my work I was given full responsibility for analysis that was not overseen by anybody. I was also responsible to relay these findings to relevant people.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Organisation, working within a team and dealing with stressful situations are the most valuable skills I have developed. However, the most important thing I have witnessed and learnt about is how full time working life in engineering is. I received no formal training.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was based in a big open plan office, containing many different departments. It was a good way to get to know your colleagues and it was never quiet, plus people bring in cakes on their birthdays for everyone!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
In terms of the company- very well. However, within my department I did not have a set plan of work. This could well be due to the fact the work that arises in quality engineering is unpredictable.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had no formal training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
No student received any information regarding graduate schemes, even after requesting this from HR. However, the people I worked with were lovely- and it would definitely be something to think about if manufacturing engineering was the route I wished to go down.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a great mix of students from all different countries- mainly England, Germany and Austria. There was generally something going on you could tag along to if you wanted to- however, nothing was ever formally arranged by the company as I am aware some of my University friends companies did.
In terms of colleagues, they have a christmas party and occasional social events. There are also project meetings 3 or 4 times a year that everyone is invited to with the directors that do have a social aspect to them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?