The 5% Club Case Study: Ruth Kennedy

As part of our series of The 5% Club Case Studies, our focus this week is on Ruth Kennedy, a one-time nuclear placement student at Atkins Global. Read on to learn more about Ruth’s experience on a placement programme…

The 5% Club apprenticeship case studyWhat did you enjoy most about your industrial placement?

I worked for Atkins for two months last summer, and I was impressed by the amount of responsibility I was given. My colleagues treated me like a contemporary despite the fact I’d only just completely my first year, and were welcoming and happy to explain anything I didn’t understand. It’s a young, friendly working environment and I had such a good time that I came back for a year placement with Atkins. I enjoy being given real projects to work on, and feeling like I’m making a useful contribution.

What advice would you give to a student looking for a placement?

I think doing placements is a useful way of figuring out what you would (and wouldn’t!) want to do after university. In a consultancy particularly, you have the chance to see something of lots of different types of projects, and it’s a useful way to gain experience. It’s worth really thinking about areas you’re interested in, areas you’d like to find out more about, and any areas you wouldn’t want to work in. Do research, talk to people and ensure that you’re enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area you’re applying to.

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