Spending a year with one of the UK’s leading Thermotechnology firms has proved hugely beneficial to University of Worcester Business student, Chris Watling.
Chris, from Ipswich, has now been signed up to Bosch’s student@Bosch Programme after spending 13 months on a work placement as part of his degree.
It means that he will now be top of the list for jobs within the company when he finishes his degree next summer.
“My placement at Worcester, Bosch Group was invaluable,” he said. “My main role was in the Product Management Department. This gave me the opportunity to travel and meet and negotiate with clients and customers; I got involved in Research and Development, Manufacturing, Marketing; I met and supplied work for directors; in fact I was given the opportunity to get involved in almost everything.”
“It was so important to me to get this real-world experience and to be able to put into practice all the skills that I have been learning as part of my degree,” he added.
Chris is now in the final year of his Business Management degree at the University of Worcester, and is hoping the year-long work placement will not only assist him in getting a high class degree, but also in securing a job afterwards.
“Being able to do a year-long placement was really important to me when choosing where to study for my degree,” 21-year-old Chris said.
“All of the staff I worked with at Worcester Bosch were incredibly supportive and keen to help me learn,” he said. “I was given meaningful tasks and projects to work on that made me feel a real part of the company.”
Chris now has a mentor within the firm to support him with applications and in the remainder of his studies.
Gary Mitchell, UK Product Management at Worcester, Bosch Group and Chris’s Mentor, said: “The undergraduate role within UK Product Management at Worcester Bosch is very diverse and cross functional. Its primary purpose is as a support role to a group of Product Managers responsible for different product groups. If the student shows the right competencies they may be given tasks or projects of their own to drive forwards, something which can be stretching and quite daunting but ultimately rewarding with the right support and guidance.
“Chris developed new knowledge and skills during his time with us and commented at his leaving presentation how it made the academic learning he had done to date at both college and university ‘come to life’ and has proven invaluable in supporting his final year.”