This was a great introduction to working life. While initially adapting to this new way of life, I was frequently tired, and it was easy to feel a little overwhelmed. After the first few months however, I was more confident and able to relax.
I found my work placement extremely engaging and enjoyable. I was involved in a variety of projects where I was able to make a valuable contribution. I also learnt about different areas of work and learnt how to use unfamiliar equipment, increasing my skill set and also understanding the extent of work that occurs at Dstl.
The projects are really interesting and you won't find work like it anywhere else. I ocassionally got the odd boring task to do but thats to be expected with any job and as a whole I really enjoyed my time there.
The range of different activities you undertake is great, you get to work on things that you wouldn't get to see anywhere else in the UK. Combined with a mostly friendly workplace and a large number of young graduates and students it is an excellent placement.
I got involved in some really interesting work and had the option to alter what I was doing if I wanted. However, I was not busy all the time, particularly during the first couple of weeks, which meant at times it could be less interesting.
Dstl gave their placement students opportunities to get involved in work that interested them. I found the work i was given interesting and it gave me insight into other departments and how a company works as a whole