The end of 4 months with the fly-boys.
Although initially sceptical about working in what I saw as the wrong industry I have gained an appreciation of my time working in aero. This placement has given me an excellent opportunity to explore a different side of the company which I wouldn’t have expected to see and the engineering principles I have learnt are applicable across all disciplines.
Being my first industrial placement the initial few weeks were exciting but a bit daunting, the department I was beginning work with was huge and the first day was all about shaking hands and trying to remember names whilst being handed piles of books and papers to read.
It didn’t take long to settle in and I soon found myself really enjoying the working atmosphere. The people at Rolls were all really friendly and happy to help in any way possible. Although the idea of a nucleargraduate was an alien principle to the people in aero, my line manager was more than happy for me to go off doing footprints and other nuclear activities.
The work was interesting and had me travelling all about Rolls-Royce and Universities meeting loads of engineers and academics which has been great for my networking.
The last couple of weeks have been hectic with finishing reports, presentations and assignments but now everything is done I am able to reflect that my first placement was thoroughly enjoyable and hugely beneficial for me as an engineer.
Roll on nuclear….