Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    4.1
  • The Company
    3.9
  • The Culture
    3.3

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The placement was a great insight of how the pathology laboratory operates, including the automated machinery. At university you learn the underlying techniques, however, the placement puts the knowledge into use and gives you more confidence in your understanding.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everyone was welcoming and friendly. After being trained up the staff treated me as one of their own, where I would help with daily tasks ensuring work continuity.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was given a training officer who would help me through each stage of the registration portfolio i completed while undertaking the placement. They would be quick on replying to emails and giving me feedback on each piece of evidence. They would always help if you needed it.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • The laboratory receives thousands of samples a day and so as the day goes on the work load becomes busier. Sometimes staff would expect me to help with the movement of samples so it was at times difficult to work on my portfolio, however, they did give me one afternoon a week in the library to work peacefully on my evidences.

    2/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a lot of responsibility once trained with associate practitioner role, however, because I hadn't actually obtained my registration yet, I was not able to carry out the job as a biomedical scientist, i was only allowed to observe and learn the daily tasks without authorising results.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • All of the skills i have gained will help me in my degree as i was positioned in the haematology department which i have not yet studied at university, giving me an insight prior to my final year. Also gaining the knowledge will help when i apply for the biomedical scientist role as i already have one years experience that employers like.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was up beat and always busy so there was never a dull moment. It isn't your typical office job as there is always a task to be carried out. At times individuals can get overwhelmed with the amount of samples being received within the day, you just have to remember to keep working through it and it will all eventually get completed with team work.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • All parts of the placement was already organised, being given a training officer and having meetings to discuss progress. My training officer kept track of what pieces of work i had completed ensuring i stayed on task and maintained a good work effort.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • They liked the idea of training an individual who lived close to the site and so invested in me greatly. I could tell they wanted me to develop my skills as they were always willing to help if i had any questions.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I can see myself working within the laboratory in the future as i worked well with the staff. I was not too keen on the 24 hour shift pattern of day shifts/ late shifts/ night shifts, however, i think while starting my career it would be good to have familiar faces and then perhaps move to a different department that does day shifts only.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • I was the only placement student there for a year and so was difficult to socialise, however, there were some trainees. We all got along fine but the shifts meant it was difficult to arrange an event that everyone could make.

    2/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I lived from home, norwich is an affordable area for students as there is a university close to the hospital. The are bus linked to and from the hospital from the city centre that are not too expensive, making it easier to socialise.

    5/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Norwich is a good town for nightlife but you are likely to need a taxi to and from the club/bar which may be expensive.

    5/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are not many club and societies, it is mainly just friends hanging outside of work.

    2/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Medical/Health, Science/Research

East of England

26th December 2018


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