Particle physics work experience at Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Oxford South East
Review Date
Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Science/Research

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This review was written using a previous version of questions that were updated in 2013

6.1/10

The Role
7.2
Organisation
5.8

Socialising

5.0

The Role

Role Description

I was working on beam alignment for the ISIS accelerator. I did small amounts of practical work with model lasers, but mostly did programming in Visual Basic.

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

The people working there were very friendly and kept you busy.

8/10

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

My supervisor was very enthusiastic and appreciated all the work I did

7/10

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

My supervisor made keeping me busy and looking after me a priority.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I wasn't pushed to work extremely hard, just as much as I could reasonably achieve in a day. I didn't get bored at all.

9/10

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

I was guided very well through the tasks and wasn't left to work on my own very much.

4/10

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

I learned to program in Visual Basic which I'm sure will be useful in the future.

7/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My supervisor was very chatty and we got on well.

7/10

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

They take on a lot of people for placements and work experience so it is very well organised.

9/10

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

They trained me in Visual Basic and a few other skills that I hadn't had before.

4/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
5/10

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

They take on a lot of people for work experience and I still have a lot more studying to do before I am ready to apply for a job so they didn't offer me one.

4/10

Social

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

The fellow students were very friendly and we ate lunch together.

5/10

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

The area is fairly expensive, but affordable if you are sensible

5/10

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

There are lots of bars and clubs in Oxford which can be enjoyed

6/10

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

There wasn't anything official organised

4/10

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