Developability and Automation Industrial Placement Student at GSK

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Stevenage East of England
Review Date
£18,000 - £19,999
Chemistry Pharmaceutical

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The Role



The Role

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

I loved it. I was given the level of responsibility I required and the level of support I needed. My team were really friendly to me and I found my work really interesting - it was very different to my university work. I was also able to learn more about the organisation in general.


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

I felt valued by my team on most occasions, and feel that the work I produced was useful to my team and will continue to be in the future. They were also very friendly to me. I also felt valued by colleagues outside of my team that I worked with.


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

My supervisor gave me the level of support and guidance that I required. This varied throughout the year, with more support being given closer to the beginning of the year when I needed it most, and much less being given closer to the end of the year when I required less support and guidance.
When my supervisor left during the last few months of my placement my team stepped in to manage the change and ensure I was still given the required level support.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were some occasions where I was more busy than others. This seemed to coincide with more busy times in the organisation, and this was likewise the case when I was less busy. However, I never felt overloaded by too much work or had nothing to do, and if I had my team would have managed it.


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

I felt I was given the appropriate level of responsibility throughout my placement. I was supervised closely near the beginning of my placement to ensure that I was able to work safely in the lab and as I learned new techniques. After I got taught the appropriate techniques and was able to work safely the responsibility I had was increased, and by the end of the year I had taken responsibility for my projects.


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

The training I received in the lab is directly relevant to the type of work I would like to be doing after my degree, and while the job i had was very different to my degree many of the lab skills carry over.
I felt the skills that I learned, such as presentation skills and organising a volunteering day for my team, will be directly useful to anything I do in future.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My team were wonderful. They were supportive if I ever needed any help at work and I was invited to team organised events outside of work as well.
Many of my workplace colleagues that were not a part of my team were also very friendly and supportive, whether I worked with them directly or not.


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

There were a few parts of the set up that required me to ask for permission to have access to. This seemed unnecessary as all of the permissions were auto granted when requested but it took a few days. This does seem to be an overall organisational issue however rather than an issue with my placement specifically.


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

Both my organisation and my team specifically placed a large amount of emphasis on ensuring that I was able to take part in the training and development that I wanted to and that they felt would be useful to me. SRG and IP unite also invested heavily in development of IP students including me.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus

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

I would love a job with GSK in future as I have loved what I have been doing this year. I would certainly like to apply for a job that is similar to the one i am doing currently however I would also apply for jobs in the chemistry R and D area.



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

With other IP students there seemed to be a good social scene with the Christmas party being the highlight, and a summer boat party as well, in addition to regularly organised outings.
I didn't attend most of these functions as I didn't want to, however the Christmas party was enjoyable.

My team had several outings during the year which I found very enjoyable.


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

Stevenage is near London so the cost of living is relatively high, particularly the rents. However, my salary was also appropriate to this cost of living and I was able to easily support myself and have money left over for socialising just from my salary.


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

There were a few clubs where the placement students went to however this was not really something I cared about much.


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

I was aware of many opportunities however I took advantage of few of them.