A Work Experience Diary…
Cubik Innovation are proud to support local schools and colleges in strengthening the link between education and industry, making sure young people gain experience of ‘real life’ engineering whilst gaining support in navigating future career plans. This year we have accepted five work experience placement enquiries from students varying in ages from 14-17. This week 15 year old, Grace Parraman of the Bristol Steiner School came along for a 4 day placement, her time spent in between our administration, design and production departments, here’s Grace’s Diary:
My four days at Cubik have flown by, despite it being a very short week it was surprisingly tiring with a lot of stuff packed in.
Though my first day felt a little hectic, probably due to the Bank Holiday weekend, I was very warmly welcomed by the lovely Lianne, the office coordinator at Cubik, who took me through all my induction papers, now sitting in my Cubik green folder, which I am fiercely proud of! The majority of my first morning was also spent, explaining to the team I didn’t like to drink tea or coffee which they found quite hard to believe.
On my second day I was in the production department or as I warmly think of it as the ‘techy room’, I was doing some wire crimping and soldering I think I have a lot to learn in both aspects but all in all good experience, but again a group of really amazing people (you have to be amazing to buy your work experience person a doughnut). I came home really tired that day, a great snapshot of what to expect from a full working day!
On my third day I was back in the office working with Russell and Paul who showed me the world of electronic design and PCB layout, me and Russell had some extremely interesting chats about wallabies and he was showing me what he was working on which was all very interesting.
I am writing this on my final day and I have had an amazing experience and I do suggest to anyone who would like to do electronic design or any other technical engineering to talk to Cubik about possible work experience opportunities. I am undecided as whether I will enter the engineering industry one day not because of my experience at Cubik but because I really haven’t made up my mind where my heart lies and what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I would like to say thank you to the whole Cubik team especially Sophie for finding me the opportunity, Lianne for being so lovely, Paul for granting me the opportunity and Bob the security man at the Bristol and Bath Science Park for generally being very nice, so thank you.
This years’ work experience calendar is unfortunately full, however we are always keen to hear of young engineers looking to gain some experience in electronic design and production, please contact us directly or via our enquiries mailbox to discuss 2016 placements.