Industrial Placement Student, Operations, Naval Ships

"The support from all my peers and colleagues has been overwhelming. The mentors and colleagues are all truly passionate about seeing you progress and develop both personally and professionally."

Rumzah Abbasrizvi first encountered BAE Systems as part of her Mathematics degree with the University of Hertfordshire, when researching potential employers for her placement year.

Rumzah, from West London, said: “After completing two years of University, I had the option to study abroad or to work a year in industry, and I chose the latter. When I researched companies that utilised my skills in Maths, provided opportunities to develop, and had countless positive reviews, it was clear that BAE Systems was the perfect fit for me”.

Following her successful application for BAE Systems’ Industrial Placement scheme, Rumzah was keen to develop her interpersonal and communication skills, and decided to join the Operations team within the Naval Ships business unit in June 2016.

Rumzah added, “I was quite shy before joining BAE Systems and had no previous experience of the working world. This pushed me to pursue a placement that would develop my people skills, which led me to undertake an operations role to bring me out of my comfort zone”.

During her time on the placement scheme, which comprised of three four-month placements, Rumzah’s first placement was with People Capabilities, which focuses on improving employee engagement and satisfaction across the Naval Ships workforce.

Rumzah then helped to run and deliver the Business Improvement training course for her second placement, a two-week training course designed to develop employees’ personal and presentation skills, teaching them how to identify and solve potential problems within given business units. Her final placement involved improving the efficiencies of staff within facilities and operations.

Whilst on placement, Rumzah worked closely with engineers each day and gained valuable exposure to their roles, whereby she developed an interested for Systems Engineering. After it appealed to her technical side, Rumzah sought to gain further understanding of Systems Engineering through organising meetings with senior engineers and peers. With no engineering background or experience, Rumzah succeeded in securing a three-month Systems Engineering internship with BAE Systems’ Naval Ships from June to August 2017.

The Systems Engineering internship involved Rumzah working with the Fluid Dynamic Modelling team, which models all piping in the Royal Navy Type 26 frigate, primarily concerning water cooling systems for the engines.

Aside from her day-to-day role, Rumzah is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador, which involves her visiting local schools, colleges and career fairs across Glasgow, to raise awareness and provide information on STEM subjects.

Rumzah is also an active member in two employee resource groups, concerning LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) communities, which promotes diversity within BAE Systems and provides employees with an outlet to discuss and share thoughts.

Speaking of her time so far at BAE Systems, Rumzah said: “The support from all my peers and colleagues has been overwhelming. The mentors and colleagues are all truly passionate about seeing you progress and develop both personally and professionally. There were so many opportunities open to me during my placement year, which has helped give my career the best possible start”.

Rumzah completes her internship in September 2017 and will return to Hertfordshire to enter the final year of her Mathematics degree. Rumzah is keen to return to the Naval Ships business unit upon completing her degree, noting that she plans to apply for the Systems Engineering graduate scheme.

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