Applied Science - Placement Student at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Derby East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Chemistry

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8.5/10

The Role
8.5
Organisation
8.8

Socialising

8.2

The Role

Role Description

Worked in the Applied Science department, an R&D department under Engine Oils.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I really enjoyed my placement year, it was a great opportunity to meet new people and work in a different environment preparing me for future employment.

8/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt very valued by my colleagues, there is no full timer/ student divide everyone helps each other to get the jobs done. There is a good team spirit across site, and everyone is approachable if you need help.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was given plenty of support by my supervisor and other members of the department as well as other departments, if I needed guidance on pieces of equipment, everyone was willing to help.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was busy on a daily basis, but not to overloaded with work a good amount.

8/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a good amount of responsibility each day being left to run test independently, this increased my confidence in the labs.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The independence I have gained throughout my year in industry has given me more confidence in the lab this will help next year when carrying out my masters research project back at university. I have been given the opportunity to present this year, this is extremely helpful as at university don't get that many chances to present.

This year has helped me decide that I want to go into R&D once I have finished university.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere across the Applied Science department is very friendly and everyone is willing to help each other.
Everyone is approachable and it is a really great environment to work in.

10/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement is well organised, a god balance between lab based activities and office based. Several check ins with HR was completed to make sure we was doing ok.

The recruitment process was ok for the Applied Science department, there was an online application form, telephone interview and an assessment centre. The assessment centre was fairly relaxed not to intense.

8/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Throughout the year we had to complete online assessments on health and safety and at the start a medical was conducted as well as at the end to.
There is subsidised events as well, which are great as get to meet new people.

There were many opportunities to develop throughout the year.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
9/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would definitely consider going back to Lubrizol in the future.

9/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The students all lived within close proximity to each other and fairly close to Derby centre. This made socialising easy as could just meet up in town. We have done a number of activities together such as: badminton, laser questing, cadburys world, trampolining, nights out, bowling and shopping trips.

9/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Derby is fairly cheap for living if just get a student house.

8/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The nightlife is ok in Derby, but Nottingham is close and regular buses to get there.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There are some opportunities to get involved in outside of work badminton is on every monday night.
As well as other socialising events.

8/10

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