Work Experience at Subsea7
Three Year 10 students had the opportunity to work at Subsea7 in Sutton for our second week of work experience. Subsea7 is a large, international engineering company working in the oil industry. The programme lasted for a week - from 8th July to 12th July. Throughout the week, we built on our team-working and communicative skills.
On the first day, we dedicated our time to a team-building programme in order to familiarise ourselves with our peers. On the second day, we got assigned our groups who we had to work with on several tasks which we had to present on the final day. Our focus on the second day was on an engineering task where we looked at how we can extract oil from the seabed and the most profitable reservoirs from where we can extract the oil from.
On the third day, we worked on a procurement task and gained knowledge on supply chain management. This showed us how big firms such as SSubsea7 builds their structures overseas and the factors they have to consider while building - such as safety. As well as that, we explored where the materials required to build the structures should be exported from, by considering the transit time period. On the fourth day, we worked on an installation task where we worked on how we use the structures built and connect them altogether to extract the oil. On all the days, we had to ensure that we remain under our given budget in order to maximise our profits. Finally, on our last day, we presented our entire project in front of a group of senior managers.
Since we were working in a business environment, we were expected to act as professional as possible. However, aside from working, we also had the chance to relieve our minds from stress by working out at the gym and play table tennis. On Friday, a badminton court was also set up to play and challenge our friends. Furthermore, some of us also enjoyed watching the Wimbledon semifinal which was being broadcasted live in several rooms. We were also provided with delicious food every day which was free for us to purchase if it lied under a budget of £6.50.
Overall, twelve students worked at Subsea7 for the week and we found it very easy to socialise and became friends instantly. It was a thrilling week full of fun, excitement and even required an act of resilience on more than one occasions. But it was certainly a week to remember!