1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at DePuy Synthes, the orthopaedic company of JnJ. I really developed as an individual and as a young professional and gained invaluable experience working within the clinical research industry which I would have struggled to find as a graduate.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The department I worked in was really supportive both in relation to work tasks and projects and as a student placement. I felt like a valued member of my CSA team and of the greater department and felt my teams really benefitted from my skill set.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was remotely managed from the US so had less contact time with my manager than I would have had with an office based manager. But I had fortnightly meetings to discuss work related progress. I received a lot of support from my local team with regards to daily activities.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount and type of work I had varied weekly greatly due to the nature of clinical research. However, there was always work I could be completing, the varying levels of workloads were generally due to how fast tasks had to be completed and if there were multiple deadlines fell around at the same time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had equal responsibility with the other CSA's within my team and knew my placement/role had a purpose within my teams.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed the ability to communicate well in discussions but by presenting my own ideas but also listening to and challenging other peoples suggestions. I learn how to work smart and manage my time well by dedicating appropriate amounts of time to each task to ensure my work was good quality and I was never rushed or stressed.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really fun, friendly, supportive but also very professional and hardworking.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was a lot of freedom to get what you wanted out of the placement rather than the placement being organised for you. They offered independent to find additional opportunities yourself but also support your search if you needed help.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was invited to and attended all the necessary training events which were offered to the CSA team and to the department to improve my skills. As a student, I was also able to join onto development events which usually wouldn't be offered to my role to gain exposure to different parts of the department and company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to rejoin the company but would probably required additional experience to gain a role within the department I was working in.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Fairly social group, we went for dinners and drinks. Christmas Parties were generally organised. I organised our sponsored charity event with a colleague in which the whole department got involved in!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Varied based on your food, living and drinking scene preferences. I was based in Leeds and there was a great variety of price points for living and socialising.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Leeds was a great night out both as a young professional but also with the student night life.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Varied based on how outgoing you are to join onto opportunities but also to organise them!