Charlotte Burniston

R&D Graduate

What was the application process like?

The application process involved completing an online application form about myself, the company and competencies, followed by a telephone interview. The final stage was an assessment centre.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

I would advise applying sooner rather than later. During the application process, think of a range of experiences and skills that make you suitable for the job and use lots of different examples to support this.

Can you give an overview of your rotations?

I’ve had four six-month rotations including: design work in a component team; testing work in the component testing team; endurance testing a new engine in an engine platform team, and simulating engine performance in the performance systems team.

How much responsibility do you have?

I started with small projects or parts of projects to increase knowledge and experience. I then moved on to larger and more challenging task with increased responsibility over a few months.

What do you most enjoy about your graduate scheme?

I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects. I have been able to work in several different engineering roles, which has allowed me to see things through the design phase, onto testing and development before going into production.

What is the work environment like?

I have been welcomed into each rotation and colleagues have been friendly and helpful. I’ve experienced a nice balance of desk work and hands-on experience depending on role and project.

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