Jess at GSK

Engineering Industrial Placement, Barnard Castle

  • Engineering
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • GSK

What was the application process like?

The application process was more straightforward than I initially anticipated. It was easy to follow on the GSK website and they were extremely supportive throughout each stage of the application.

What was the interview process like?

The interview process was a real insight to my year at GSK. At the assessment centre I was immediately put at ease which helped my confidence in my interview. I was able to talk to the previous students and ask them questions regarding the placement.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

The best advice I could give to aspiring placement students is to be enthusiastic about the work you are involved in, never stop creating opportunities for yourself and always be confident in your own ability to achieve.

How much responsibility do you have?

I have had opportunities to be involved in some high priority site projects with key milestones for the company such as the launch of a new product. I have had a real insight into industry and progressed my employability skills to a much higher level.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

This year I have enjoyed working and building relationships with interesting people from many departments on site. I feel the best way to learn is through your own experience, but also learning from the experience of others.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I initially struggled with having the confidence to project manage more experienced members of staff. It is important to find a good balance between listening to others advice and experiences, and being confident in your own decisions.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations?

This year has given me the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge I have learnt at University into practical applications. It has exceeded expectations as I am now a lot more focussed on having a successful career in the healthcare industry.

What is the office atmosphere like?

An office atmosphere is extremely different to University. It is easier to concentrate on your work without distractions. I enjoyed having a normal routine that at university is difficult to maintain.

How promising are the graduate prospects?

There are many graduate prospects within GSK. They employ graduates through direct entry and also through the future leaders programme, their graduate scheme. Being a placement student gives you an advantage when applying for graduate positions.

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