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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Target area operations in Astra-Gemini laser. Working with very good scientists and assisting them with conducting laser-plasma experiments. Developing laser diagnostics and testing them.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • A very enjoyable experience. Learned a lot about Physics and gained 14 months of experience working in a very good laboratory.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Was treated with extreme respect, also awarded the CLF Individual Excellence Award.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Was provided with an excellent library and lots of help with understanding the underlying Physics.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Was very busy at times and put in quite a few hours of overtime.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Although not given full access, was still leading quite a few projects involving complicated diagnostics development.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Meeting future supervisors and gaining lab experience will almost certainly grant me a position in a PhD.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Rather laid back but yet efficient.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Good, the personal development was set up to train me in just right pace.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • General level of H&S training.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Sports and Social Club

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • A very evolving and high level laboratory with a very appealing job in the science world.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Many placement student nights out and lunch breaks.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The rent was quite high, however, going out wasn't much more expensive than elsewhere in the UK.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Centre of Oxford is very lively and fun during term time.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Quite a few, not many provided by the company though.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Engineering, Science/Research

5th October 2011

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