I am nearing the middle of my third week in Flight Ops support and I can't believe how quickly it is flying in (something which I think most interns are feeling!). The past week or so has been really busy within the department and I have had a real variety of tasks to complete.
Perhaps the most exciting job I was assigned last week was a software demostration to a potential BAE Systems customer on behalf of the department! This involved me showing them the capabilities of some of what we are working on. I was pretty nervous come Friday morning since on Thursday the entire building had been givin a talk on dress code/behaviour/tidying our desks so I knew it was really important! Luckily, it seemed to go really well and I was the only student that was involved in the presentations which was fab!
Since then I have been working on a few different, less time consuming projects to keep me hard at work. Since I am only at Prestwick for 4 weeks, it meant that I wasn't assigned a particular project to work on but rather my manager thought it wuold be more benifitial for me, considering my limited time here, that I get an idea of the work of the department and I totally agree! I'm really enjoying the responsibility of producing pieces of work which will be used for marketing purposes or for correspondance between BAE Systems and external customers. I am getting a feel for how this type of department operates on a day to day basis and over longer periods of time.
I also had my first Telecon this week with the lady I will be working with in Stockholm. She seems really lovely and I'm looking forward to starting work on the project they have assigned to me as their only intern this summer. I have even started to watch the weather forecast for Sweden now! The only slight negative to my telecon was that I found out they usually start at 7.30am in Stockholm.. I am already struggling with the 6am starts here in Glasgow to be at work for 8am and that's when there are folk in the car to chat with to keep me awake on the hour long drive! I guess I might have to try coffee for my Stockholm starts... but it smells horrid!
This week I made my first trip into Prestwick.. for a greggs lunch! Canteen food only appeals for a certain amount of time so Julie Ann & I decided to make the journey in our lunch break.
BAE Systems has been really rewarding so far and I admire the hard work put in by so many people to constantly meet deadlines and keep customers happy. From the blogs it seems that everyone is really getting a great experience in their placement! Also, very few people around Regional Aircraft have heard of the Saltire Foundation so Julie Ann and I are making it our mission to spread the word, and people are really interested to hear about it!
Until next time x
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