Industrial Placement at GSK

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Stevenage Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Biology Chemistry

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8.2/10

The Role
9.2
Organisation
8.6

Socialising

6.2

The Role

Role Description

Pursuing a 8-12 month project in a biochemistry lab related to drug discovery

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

It was an amazing experience with lots of hands on lab work and the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists in drug discovery. It was also great to have met many peers during my placement, due to the fact that my company offered multiple spots to other students. The inclusive atmosphere was something I greatly appreciated during my time here.

9/10

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

Everyone was very respectful and inclusive, which helped build my confidence and begin presenting at meetings. It helped cultivate my scientific curiosity and courage to discuss my own ideas about certain experiments/theories. People were also very open to being shadowed and they always took the time to help placement students learn more about their work.

10/10

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

My supervisor was very aware of my learning style and provided just enough guidance to help me progress quickly, but was also hands-off enough to help me develop independence in the work place. I will definitely be keeping in touch with him in the future, and know that even after I leave he will be interested in what I am doing.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were times when there wasn't too much to do, however I always had the opportunity to continue learning during downtimes. However, most of the time there is just the right amount of work. The company provides time for placement students to do their necessary coursework during work hours, and helps you find the right study/work/life balance.

7/10

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

I was in charge of a production assay in my department, and I was also given the opportunity to develop multiple assays independently. My main project was also quite important for the future of some of the company's projects. The amount of responsibility given to you by your colleagues depends on your engagement, therefore you can always take on more if you feel prepared and say no when you feel overwhelmed.

10/10

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

The soft-skills and public speaking, time-management, and meticulous documentation will help me in all aspects of life in the future. The hard-skills that I acquired have helped me to grow as a scientists and will prove invaluable during my PhD. I recommend this placement to all students whether they want to remain in academia, go to industry, or change career paths.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The people in my office were extremely friendly right from the beginning and helped me feel included very quickly. When people are busy, everyone is generally quiet and productive, however there are plenty of the times when people in the office are joking around. People often bring delicious snacks as well, which is a huge plus!

8/10

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

GSK is very meticulous in the placement student process. There are huge numbers of applicants, and a large number of positions are available. Due to the long history of placement students, and the variety of opportunities for them, it is generally the case that each student is allocated in the right place and that their project is well thought out by their department.

10/10

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

The company devotes a tremendous amount of time and provides you with a lot of opportunities to help you grow. As in any other place, your growth depends on your mindset, but if you are keen to learn then the company will help you find opportunities to do so. This is how I developed a number of my soft and hard skills.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
7/10

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

The company has a variety of various opportunities to join them full time. A commonly pursued one is the future leaders program, which is designed for graduates who want to experience a number of different roles in the company and decide on what they would like to do. Alternatively CASE student awards are collaborative projects with universities where PhD students can work part time in the company.

8/10

Social

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

Students were very friendly and all of the ones in my department got along very well. There is a placement student society for all GSK students (of which there are a lot). The society organizes various events such as the Christmas Ball, a summer boat ride, etc. There is plenty to do with fantastic people.

10/10

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

I lived in London, which is outside of Stevenage (where my placement was based). However, I know from friends that Stevenage is not the nicest town and most people would meet up for house parties or try to leave the town when possible. However, London was a fantastic experience and the commute is not too far.

4/10

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

The night life in Stevenage is not very good, and it is recommended to got to other towns/cities to have a good time.

3/10

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

I had the opportunity to participate with in the tough mudder with a number of colleagues and students from my department. There are various challenges and events advertised on emails or on campus that you can join. You can also organise things yourself and I am sure people will be very keen on doing something.

8/10

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