Interacting with data logging hardware on automotive vehicles to provide engineering and statistical analysis of test results.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at Lubrizol. I was given lots of responsibility over a wide range of interesting, technical projects. It allowed me to experience things that could only be done through working in the industry, things that wouldn't have been possible at university. This enabled me to enjoy lots of different experiences during my time there.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues and I have been treated as if I was a permenant employee. Everyone has been so friendly to me and have valued my opinions and the work that I produced. I have never felt that I have been treated any lesser for being a student.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had monthly one to one sessions with my supervisor to allow me to discuss my work, what more I'd like to experience and any concerns. I had two mentors from different departments that I could also talk to on a regular basis. Everyone was always willing to help or answer my questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always kept busy during my placement. Being involved in multiple projects at once meant that I always had work to be completing or discussing in meetings. The work that I had to complete required lots of thought and anlysis, which meant I was consistently occupied whilst at work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The amount of responsibility I was given at Lubrizol was fantastic. For all of the projects I was involved with I was the only data engineer. This meant that I was solely and completely responsible for the processing and analysis of test results that I would have to communicate with employees involved in the project and also external businesses.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The professional and technical skills I have devloped during my time at Lubrizol will stay with me for life. I will be able to apply the experience and learnings I have gained to my university studies and future career as my developed technolgical knowledge and soft skills are highly transferable to my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was always friendly and positive. Everybody was extremely professional and were all very cooperative. I felt like I was a part of a team at Lubrizol and that everyone worked together to help eachother. All of my colleagues were incredibly nice and I have never felt uncomfortable or out of place.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would say that my placement was very well organised. From the start my role was clearly explained and was given all the relevant training and support to complete my duties. Throughout my placement I completed meaningful work for the business and relevant work to my degree. I have never flelt that I had been given trivial work to keep me busy.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel that Lubrizol invested lots of time in me, training me in the relevant software and hardware to complete my work. They have also invested a lot of time developing my knowledge as an engineer, allowing me to work with employees in a specific areas of interest to me to develop my technical knowledge.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Lubrizol has a history of employing its former placement students and are willing to hire them after the experince and knowledge of the company and industry they have gained during their placement. However, the prospect of emplyment at Lubrizol entirely depends on the avaliability of jobs roles at the time of applying.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there was a good social scene amoung both fellow placement students and work colleagues. I have been on multiple social outings with the colleagues in my departement and the other placement students have all been willing to meet outside of work hours. There is lots of oppurtunity to socialise at work during lunch break in the resturant.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The Derby area is not a particually expensive to rent or live in. There are plenty of reasonably priced areas to rent in Derby and there is oppurtunity to share accomodation with other Lubrizol placement students. There is an abundance of low priced chain supermarkets in Derby and the price of socialising in the evening is similar to the rest of the midlands.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There plenty of resturants, pubs and bars in Derby that are great to visit with either fellow placement students or colleagues. There are also lots of clubs in the Derby area that are a good night out. There is definately enough going on in Derby to keep you entertained throughout the placement year.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lubrizol has its own subsidised sports and social club that offers many activities to get involved in. A few examples of these activities are; weekly Badminton games, go karting, ice skating, weeked trips to different cities and even munro bagging in Scotland. If you want to get involved with other people from work outside of work hours, there are plenty of oppurtunities.