My highlight for the year would be learning a lot of skills ranging from developing project management, to building trust with people you work with

Haseeb Iqbal
Haseeb Iqbal
Department: Automatic Control & Systems Engineering
Company: ExxonMobil
Haseeb is an MEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering student who took on an Engineering Specialist Industrial Placement at ExxonMobil.

What was the highlight of your Placement?

Let me start by saying there is a huge difference between being at university and working in Industry. My highlight for the year would definitely be learning a lot of skills ranging from developing project management, to building trust with people you work with. Setting aside my ego and gradually building upon feedback by openly accepting it positively throughout the year caused a real change to my personality.

How did your company respond to Covid-19?

As it is an essential company that the country can't run without, ExxonMobil divided the team into two halves. One team was working from home one week, while the other was on-site, this minimised exposure to the virus. ExxonMobil also provided all their employees with a kit which contained a few masks, a thermometer, sanitizer, guide and much more. Anyone joining the company this year should not feel unsafe, as the company takes health very seriously from ergonomics to mental health. They have now installed a proper COVID-19 surveillance system on every entry point to the site.

How did you find your role?

I found this role on LinkedIn.

One piece of advice would you give to students who are considering taking a Placement?

Have zero expectations of the placement. Set up extra meetings with people you work with and ask for honest feedback if you really want to get something out of it other than money!

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