1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement year - i will be staying on part time when i go back to uni for my final year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleges, i was given plenty of responsibility and always trusted to make appropriate decisions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a significant amount of support whilst training and transitioning into a new role for the second half of the year. However once i had been trained i was given responsibility to undertake tasks without supervision.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was extremely busy throughout all my placement, i regually worked extra hours to complete jobs.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Lots - espcially in the second half of the year when i worked as a supply planner. This included dealing with surgery escalations when implants and instruments were on backorder, It was important to ensure we could supply these to the hospitals to ensure surgeries were not canceled.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills i had learnt in my placement will be invaluble when i return to uni. As supply chain is a very practical and progressive subject it is good to have real life, current situations to relate back to. I hope working part time whilst i am in my final year will only encorage my interest in supply chain further.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Good atmosphere in the office. As half of Depuy Synthes is situated on site in leeds, i found it easy to communicate with these different teams during meeting and face to face discussions. However other parts of the team (especially global supply chain) is based elsewhere meaning i had to develop communication skills via email and webex.
There was a really good team spirit in the office- everyone worked together and ensured that all tasks were completed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
In the supply chain department the placement is well set up with a role specifically mapped out for the student. Nobody else completes any of these tasks to there is a significant amount of responsibility. The role can get very busy at times so it is important to prioritise the workload.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt the company and my manager invested in me a great deal when i was on my placement. In the second half of the year i progressed into a junior planning analyst role which is out of the usual process for a student. This was a big step for me however the training and support i was given made this much easier than expected. I enjoyed the additional challenges, knowing that if i did make any mistakes i would be fully supported.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Extremely appealing- I hope to work for Depuy Synthes when i graduate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in headingly to begin with as this is the student area- long way from the office if you dont drive.
I found i can live in the city centre for the same price.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Charity activities, few nights out and the boys go away to play football.