Support to the Quality specialist engineers in the Powertrain department
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoted the placement as I found it to be a challenge. The departement I worked in was responible for testing the integration of prototype engines to a new series of MINI. This involved lots of days testing at the track which was alwasy fun.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued and for the last few months of my placement I was an integral part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
At first not so much but then there was a change of management and I was given much better support and guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The nature of the job meant that I was either very busy or not doing very much depending on if there was a new build phase ready to evaluate.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
For the final three months of my placement I was given the responsibility for the quality of diesel engines. This meant finding and reporting all issues with the diesel engines and meeting with development engineers to improve the final design.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Quality engineering is not a subject touched upon by my course however when I returned to university I found that I was much better at time management.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good, we frequently meet outside of work to soicalise and cycle together. The team is mostely made up of young engineers.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Not very, there was no structure at all. I was just a worker in the team for a year. I was ok with this as it gives you a better view of how the job would be after university.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
No offical personal training or development program, I was free to do my own work.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very good, after my placement I was put on a scheme called the speed up program which allows me to enter the companies graduate scheme as soon as I graduate without having to go though the employment process again.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a few offical team outings but often I would go out with a few colleagues either for drinks or cycling.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive. I believe Oxford is the most expensive place to live in the UK in terms of average living cost again average wage.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Oxford has a pretty good nightlife for its size.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
You could decide your own level of involvement. If you didn't want to go out there was no obligation to. I got on well with my colleagues so we would often socialise outside of work.