My general duties include:
Forging relationships with suppliers and obtaining quotations from them, communicating with engineers to establish what items and specifications are required, collating information together to present to other interested parties, amending contracts, observing negotiations and learning about the processes that the company operates to.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The general job was interesting but occasionally a lack of consistant work led to periods of slight restlessness.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I always felt that I was valued but due to my inexperience the more complicated projects, understandably, were kept away from me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Anytime that I felt that I had any questions or needed advice they did their best to assist even if it a wait was incured while they finished what they were doing.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The company was going through a busy period and so it was hard to give me a lot of work to be doing. Due to the fact that the work was very different to what I had done before it would have taken time to explain what was required and how would be best to do this.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
When I was doing my projects I felt that I had much responsibility given to me to make contact with suppliers independently as a colleague rather than simply a summer placement.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have developed a further understanding of how a really big company works from day to day. I was given helpful advice on how is a good way to make a good impression on an interview and how to apply standard skills to be useful in a working environment.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Occasional conversations about what they are doing on holiday and maybe at the weekend but other than that not a lot I can relate to.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was given my own desk with everything already set up on it, I had a list of objectives set out for me to try and achieve while I was on the placement and generally felt that not only were people expecting me there but also were prepared for it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was put on any courses that would have been useful for me that were available at the time.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I feel that it is definately a place that I could work at in the future, however due to the early stage that I am currently at in my university course my options are still very open.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I did feel like a very young person there but there was a small number of graduates that I was able to have lunch with and socialise with on occasion.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I personally was able to stay at home but I know that it is an expensive place to live.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not very good in the immediate vicinity but there are good transport links to London or Reading.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not a huge amount on offer. The occasional game of football but on the whole the majority of the activities happen in the main location for the Summer Placements in Barrow.