Placement Student- Chemical Synthesis at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Belper, Derby East Midlands
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Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Chemistry Market Research Mathematics/Statistics Science/Research

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8.9/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
9.6

Socialising

8.0

The Role

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

Overall the placement was enjoyable. The work I was involved in was really engaging, and the fact there were so many other students on site also made the year enjoyable.

9/10

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

I felt very valued by my colleagues. They allowed all the students in my department to present work to other departments in meetings which were important to the company. Any ideas I had were also welcome and valued.

10/10

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

There was a lot of guidance and support. Monthly supervisor meetings helped me to see where I was doing well and where I needed to spend more time working on. Other full-time lab members were always on hand and happy to help at any time.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was very busy, but this was just because of the high responsibility I had. This allowed me to build my time management skills quickly.

8/10

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

I was given a lot of responsibility.

9/10

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

The skills developed will be very useful, the ability to do independent research, and present findings to an audience are important in the science industry, both of these skills were developed to a large extent at Lubrizol.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was good in my office. It was a student office which made it comfortable from the beginning.
The main office where full-time colleagues in my department was also friendly.

8/10

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

It was well organised which allowed me to begin work in the lab immediately.

10/10

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

I was given a lot of responsibility, which allowed me to carry out lots of different tasks in and out of the lab. This maximised my personal development. Any additional skills/tasks I wanted to carry out were open to discussion with my supervisor also

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
10/10

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

The work was engaging and there was lots of opportunity for personal development. The colleagues were friendly and the site is in a really nice location, so future employment prospects would be very appealing.

10/10

Social

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

The social scene was good, the students would often sit together at lunch as a group. Nights out and other activities were always being organised.

9/10

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

Socialising was about average price as far as things go.

7/10

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

Nightlife in Derby in my opinion isn't that great, however if there's a big group out it's always going to be a laugh. Nights out to Nottingham are also possible (20 minute bus journey) which is a lot busier and has more to choose from.

6/10

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

Frequent emails would go round about activities going on outside of work and students were always included.

10/10

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