13 November 2023

A week in the life of a GSK placement student

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So what have you been up to since your last blog post?

I have been preparing for the Graduate Induction networking event. This year GSK decided to have this event at one of our GSK sites in Ulverston.

This site manufactures tablets, suspensions and capsules that are sent worldwide. Having tours of the production lines, visiting sites and learning more about the products gives me a wider understanding of the work that GSK does.

In preparation for the event, I created activities including ice breakers, organised speakers as well as logistics for the event.


Ulverston is within the Lake District National Park so we got the added bonus of staying near Lake Winderemere which is beautiful.

I have also been attending careers fairs as recruitment for the next batch of placement students has started.

Attending careers fairs is enjoyable as I get to meet lots of students from different universities and learn about the different types of careers they want to get into.

What have been your biggest challenges these last two weeks?

As recruitment for apprentices, placement students and graduates are beginning, I am facing the challenge of balancing many tasks at once.

How have you overcome these challenges?

I am realising that multi-tasking is boosting my organisation skills significantly. I enjoy being busy on my placement as it makes me feel like I really have a purpose at GSK, which can be very rewarding!

What have your successes been over the last few weeks?

Planning my first GSK event and it being a success!

What have you learnt?

I have learned much more about the products that GSK make by seeing the production lines first-hand on-site. It makes me happy to be part of a company that is helping to improve the quality of so many people’s lives worldwide!

I have also boosted my organisation skills and presentation skills.

Tell us something exciting about GSK we wouldn’t know!

Last year, GSK delivered 2.3 billion vaccine doses and medicine packs, with ten of its products exceeding the one billion mark in sales. Currently, we have 68 vaccines and medicines in development. Over 20 of them have been approved since 2017.

What sort of lunches do you have at GSK?

Within GSK House, there are many different options for lunch as more than 3000 people work there. I often go to the deli bar but as a treat, there is an onsite Ramen restaurant which is delicious.

What are you up to over the next few weeks?

Over the next week, I am preparing for my next event GSK Revealed, which is where prospective students can visit GSK House to learn about the opportunities we offer. I am also planning assessment centres for placement students.