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Lab tech at COTY

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Kent Europe
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Computer Science

5.6/10

About You
7.2
The Organisation
5.0
Everything Else

5.0

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

There were some aspects of the placement which I really enjoyed. I enjoyed learning about the company and the industry, the fact that I was working in a professional laboratory whilst ensuring safety was the number one priority, and the training programmes I attended which provided fantastic networking opportunities. I did not particularly enjoy my day-to-day work (which will be elaborated in my answers below), the department I worked in, and the friction and lack of communication with colleagues.

8/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Considering day-to-day work, everyone was extremely helpful. Some were intimidating in the warehouse. The engineers who were above me in the hierarchy were very helpful when I had doubts or questions. Ideally, I would have been working with them, and I do not know why they placed me where they did. Outside of work, I was rarely invited to their social gatherings, and I felt I never really got to connect with any of them because I was never given the chance. Overall, I was not really valued by my colleagues.

8/10

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

My supervisor was very welcoming and friendly, however, he was too busy to actually monitor and discuss my progress with me. He was kind, polite and had a lot of operating experience. Initially, I thought I would be able to learn a lot from him. He was rarely around as he was too busy out on plant and working on other tasks. However, a lady did help me and took that role.

8/10

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

I enjoyed learning new things nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical, analytical and organisational skills.

5/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

extremely busy, some days less so. The busy days flew by, especially coming up to a refuelling outage. I like to work, and if I was not given any tasks or finished them early, I always found things to be done, no matter how basic and boring they were.

5/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

It was nice to be trusted and left alone to do experiments. I did feel very grown up and every one was very polite, friendly and informative. I really di enjoy the experience and i would love to work their again, possibly hired would be a goal of mine, not just a work experience placement.

5/10

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

I enjoyed learning new things nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical, analytical and organisational skills. I enjoyed learning new things nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical, analytical and organisational skills.

5/10

8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I enjoyed learning new things nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical, analytical and organisational skills.

5/10

9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

I enjoyed learning new things nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhanc I enjoyed learning new lytical and organisational skills.

5/10

10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

things nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical, analytical and organizational skills. y technical, ana

5/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

things nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical, analytical and organizational skills. y technical, curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical, analytical and organized

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

nevertheless. It was a steep learning curve for me as it was my first job in the industry. It was a good opportunity to enhance my technical. I received training in manual handling, safety, and a lot of technical tasks (again by being proactive). I also signed myself up for a short course regarding the nuclear reactor and related operations, which was fantastic (and very much related to my discipline).

5/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I received training in manual handling, safety, and a lot of technical tasks (again by being proactive). I also signed myself up for a short course regarding the nuclear reactor and related operations, which was fantastic (and very much related to my discipline).

5/10

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

as it reduced my dependency on my colleagues, and as my placement progressed, I started doing things by myself more and more, and asked people for help only if I absolutely needed it. Again, being proactive helped me get tasks that had more responsibility.

5/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I really value the skills I gained and I am pleased that I have this experience.
Dr. Maya Angelou said,
"Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better."
I most certainly know better now.

5/10