Conducting research, processing data, reviewing literature and writing reports related to the corrosion of wireline cables.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre. I particularly enjoyed the responsibility I was given during my placement in conducitng experiments, processing data and writing up reports. The placement also had a great work-social balance as there were other interns in different departments also undergoing industrial placements.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued during my internship, which I believe was indicated by the high level of responsibility I was given in conducting research. Other researchers within the department would also ask about the results of my experiments as they were relevant to their research which made my work feel valued. There were also times where I was asked by colleagues to demonstrate how I would carry out a process or use a price of equipment, further making my contributions feel valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During the first few weeks of my placement my manager provided me with a lot of support and guidance when introducing me to the work done in the department, specifically the research I would be conducting. Later during the placement I worked more independently, however my manager in addition to other researchers were always available to answer any of my queries if necessary.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was always something to work on during my placement, whether that be conducting experiments, processing data, writing reports or reviewing literature. The workload was a good intensity and planning how I would allocate my time during the week in advance help me make the most efficient use of my time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was provided with a lot of responsibility during my placement. If there was a piece of equipment I was unfamiliar with I would be responsible for learning how it works by asking the appropriate people. I was also responsible for conducting experiments, processing the data and formulating conclusions independently, with guidance and support provided when requested.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills and knowledge I have gained during my placement will be invaluable for the final year of my degree in Chemical Engineering and for my future career. I have gained a greater understanding of surfactant self-assembly and electrochemistry which goes beyond the scope of my course. I have also developed my existing knowledge of fluid mechanics which I have gained during my time at University, which will particularly benefit my for my final year of my degree. The interpersonal skills I have gained in working effectively with colleagues in a work environment will also benefit me in the future immensely.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I had a very productive and enjoyable office environemnt. I shared my office with three other interns during my placement. One worked with me directly in the corrosion chemistry team in the Chemisty department. The other two worked within the Chemistry department but on separate projects. Having colleagues working on similar projects within the office allowed me to learn more about their research and how it might relate to my own.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised. Immediately after I joined I was provided with information on what research I would be conducting and how it relates to the company in solving problems in the field. There was a well organised handover period where the previous intern whose position I was taking over informed me of all the relevant information I needed. I was also required to inform the new intern at the end of my placement any information they might need to know.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was provided with workplace safety training which detailed how to carry out workplace and laboratory tasks safely to avoid incident.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I prospect of working for Schlumberger would be very appealing as I thoroughly enjoyed my placement
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a very good social scene between fellow placement students. There was about 15 other placement student also completing industrial placement during my time at Schlumberger. We would regularly socialise during lunch and meet up after work. Interns also organised regular badminton and football sessions involving interns and other members of staff at the company.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was paying £725 (bill included) per month for my accommodation in Cambridge, which is slightly above average for Cambridge. Some of the pubs in Cambridge were fairly expensive but there were ones that were cheaper which we would visit more frequently. Overall Cambridge was a relatively expensive area to live and socialise in.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were a lot of nice pubs in Cambridge.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Cambridge offers a lot of activities outside of work. Me and some of my fellow interns competed in the Camrbridge badminton league. There were a lot of good cycle routes in and around Cambridge which could be enjoyed free of charge. There were also a lot of gym and leisure facilities to enjoy.