We’ve asked lots of our interns this year what it’s like to work at Labman, to take time away from university or academia and to get stuck in to projects here. Our next two interns are Aidan & Dmytro.
I first heard about Labman Automation at the careers fair at university and I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of the team. Coming from purely academic software background the work was challenging at the beginning as practices taught at university didn’t always apply to the professional environment. As a software intern I was exposed to a lot of new software technologies as well as robotics, analogue electronics, radio technology, and so much more. Every day there was a new challenge that needed to be solved.
The culture at Labman is not like at any other place I worked at. It makes you want to wake up in the morning to go to work. Everyone is incredibly supportive and willing to help if you are having problems. There is always an expert working a few desks away who will point you in the right direction.
Although I was only a summer intern I would recommend everyone to take a year off University and work at Labman. You will get the experience that just cannot be taught in by sitting in lecture halls or gained by anything than an academic environment can offer.
There’s something about the people that work for Labman that makes the company so special. Sure, they say Northerners are a friendly bunch, but everyone at Labman is determined to go above and beyond to help you out. There’s this incredible team mentality that makes Labman a great place to work. Whether it’s seeing you doing something and coming over to teach you a new skill that makes it easier or checking errors on your CAD model for the hundredth time with a smile on their face, it needs to be seen to be believed.
Another thing that makes Labman different from other places I applied for an internship at is the location. It’s in the countryside with panoramic views of the Cleveland hills. Its far nicer than some industrial estate outside Cambridge. Being able to cycle commute from almost all the places interns ended up renting, is a real advantage and so easy to do.
Lastly as mentioned by almost all the other interns Labman is confident enough in the people it hires that it gives you freedom and independence on projects. Speaking to my friends scattered on internships round the globe, Labman seems unique in its ability to allow you to be creative and manage your own time and projects. This allowed me to make and learn from my own mistakes; developing my skills far more than being under constant instruction. Again this isn’t to say you receive no help, help is basically on tap but it’s advice as opposed to control.
It’s a phenomenal company and I would encourage anyone interested in any form of engineering to apply!