Sales intern at GE Healthcare Biopharma, now property of Danaher
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had a good time during my internship at GE Heathcare. Everybody there was very friendly and wouldn’t treat you as an intern but just like any other colleague. I learned a lot when it comes to soft skills especially, so I would recommend this to anyone looking for first time experience in a real work place
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt really apprieciated there. Now, like any other work place, to feel valued you need to earn it by putting in the effort. I feel like I did a good job during my internship there and when your colleagues notice that as well, it really makes you feel that you’re part of a team
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
In a certain extent, that is really up to you. I felt that for the first few months I needed quite a bit of support to fully understand my role and make sure I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I got a lot of support then.
Once I got the hang of it, I just started doing things on my own without having to double check with my teammates.
So as long as you’re not afraid to ask, you’ll get help. My advice is to still try and understand and do things on your own as soon as possible to make the best impression, just make sure you become indipendet when you’re ready
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount of work I had to do each day varied a lot. Of course, during quarter-end that’s when things got more hectic and depening on your role you’d get more or less work
For my role as Operation management Inter I felt that I could have handled more. You are also welcome to ask for more work if you feel that too!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My job wasn’t one that requires any degree in my opinion. It’s just a question of memorising your daily tasks and getting better and doing them, becoming more efficient. That didn’t take long to happen for me as I felt my role was very repetitive.
I think in this regard it’s a question of luck, some other interns I worked for had a tougher, more challenging job. Other interns had a similar job to mine and others still had an even more boring job.
You can ask your manager during your interview to get a more complete picture of what your daily routing would be, just make sure to ask the right questions because it’s very possible that you won’t understand your role fully until you’ve actually tried it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Again, I don’t feel I have learned a lot from my placement in regards to my degree, Economics and Management.
Most of the skills I learned during my stay at GE Healthcare Biopharma, which is now Danaher property, can be categorised as soft skills. What it’s like to work in an office, learn how to communicate with colleagues and how to work as a team, learn what is expected from you and how to manage your time to achieve said expectations and so on
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Atmosphere was not what I expected. I thought a work place had to be this stressed out environment where everyone is too anxious or too busy to socialise.
Everybody was very friendly during my stay at GE. Always a smile on everyone’s face. Exchanging jokes here and there. I had fun.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I understood my role and what was expected from me fairly quickly so in that regard I’d you could tell my employer had many past interns come through before me. Although I still stand by the fact that my role wasn’t very demanding, I’d say it was very well structured in the sense that there were no grey areas on what was your responsibility. If you want to go above and beyond and start helping with issues that are not part of your job description, then you are welcome to do so as long as you don’t let your real responsibilities down
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As my job wasn’t very demanding and quite repetitive in my eyes, I feel there wasn’t much need for extensive investment when it came to my training. Sure it was confusing and yet interesting and involving the first 5-6 months, but after that everything stayed the same. There wasn’t much evolution in my role
That being said, my team was very supportive and any time I had questions they were ready to answer it in a heartbeat which really helped me getting good at my job relatively quick
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
GE is a big company. Putting down their brand on your CV is bound to be good for you. I just wish my job was more demanding but other than that I learned a lot and I’m grateful for the opportunity that I was given. I’m sure the experience I gained will help me in my job search
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I personally didn’t get involved much with other interns, only a few. but there were plenty of interns in the building and it really depends on you how much you want to partake in social events. There were 30 odd interns in my placements which meant making friends wasn’t hard
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Rent is not cheap near Amersham since it’s quite close to London and a bit of a fancy area. As for socialising there wasn’t much to do either, basically a village with one or two pubs from walking distance. Of course if you have a car then that makes both of these previous statements not much of a problem as you have more flexibility
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
No night life whatsoever. Again, Amersham is a village so if that’s where you’ll be working then don’t expect much! No night clubs! There are a few pubs from walking distance, shoutout to White Lion Pub, other than that you’re better off taking the train and going to some of the major cities near by
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes plenty! I loved playing football and table tennis when I was at GE. The office is accessible to you 24/7 so as long as you have a table tennis bat and ball and someone to play with then you’re golden! Many people around the office would stay an extra hour or so just for that