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I have enjoyed my time at BMW, the work has kept me engaged, I have managed to learn a lot whilst getting a clearer idea of what my future career might look like.
Not very valued, I wasn't really included in activities or made to feel one of the team. My position was made clear and this from time to time reflected in the work I was given.
The support was very limited, this was down to the department that I was located in, it contained only management heads, which meant that if one person gave me a task to do, it was only them that I could go to for help, in many cases this resulted in me getting stuck in one place for a long time, bottlenecking my own workload.
Relatively, there were days where I had to actively go out and look for work to do but apart from that the workload was pretty full on.
The amount that you'd expect for a student. I was left alone to do given tasks but my work was always checked over by a superior before it was submitted.
I fele that i have very much broadened by skill set. Especially my Excel skills have come very far since i started this placement.
There wasn't very much of an atmosphere. Very quiet and not many people conversing. This sometimes made it uncomfortable to work in being a student.
Not very well organised at all. During my time here I've created a student work list for future students to work to. However when being interviewed for the job I asked about what sort of things i would be doing and they rattled off a list of the different things I should expect including going to see other sights and working around the plant etc. However none of this ever materialised and I have been sat at my desk everyday since I started (minus one day we had a team meeting at another site, however it was a case of walk in, go to the meeting room, have the meeting, leave.)
Nothing. They only took the time to teach me anything if I was going through work for them and didn't know how to complete it. Apart from this no other training has been offered in terms of future skill development.
For me, extremely unappealing. I will not be applying for another job within the organisation, or at least the same sector in the organisation.
No. I met one other student whilst I was here and I only ever saw him three times. Apart from that I had very limited contact with anyone apart from the people within my immediate vicinity and even that was on a rare occasion
I lived in Reading which was relatively expensive however it was a nice place so this was one positive of my time.
Placement (5-9 Months)
1st September 2015