This review was submitted over 4 years ago, so some of the information it contains may no longer be relevant.
- 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
- 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
- 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
- 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
- 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
- 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
- 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
- 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
- 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
- 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
- 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
- 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
- 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
- 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
- 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I thoroughly enjoyed my work placement. It was a part of my degree doing applied biomedical science where I was able to complete my registration portfolio and then finish the final year of my degree as a fully qualified biomedical scientist. My manager then added me to NHS professionals which meant I was able to continue my placement and be paid as bank staff.
I felt very valued by my colleagues! Laboratories are a very busy atmosphere and so any help is much appreciated by everyone. I think it helped that I was enthusiastic and showed a keen interest in the job and the science that goes on behind it. Since finishing my placement I still feel very much a part of the team!
Throughout the completion of my registration portfolio I was assigned a placement tutor who was responsible for overseeing my work and progress as a trainee biomedical scientist. Regular meetings meant I was confident of where I was up to and how I should progress further with my work to be the best.
As previously mentioned hospital laboratories particularly within the national health service are very busy. Quite often they are slightly understaffed however the staff there tend to work very hard and prioritise and manage their workloads to ensure everything is done and completed to a very good standard. Busy but very rewarding
I was trained up on how to process specimens and then go on to how to read the plates put up on the reading benches. As a trainee biomedical scientist you are expected to be confident with the benches and know what organisms are targets for the specific sites and locations.
Absolutely it has set me up with the skills for life! Following the completion of my degree and my placement I got a full time job as a fully qualified biomedical scientist at another hospital who were very impressed with my knowledge and skill sets gained through the completion of my placement.
It was generally overall a good positive atmosphere however due to the busy nature of the work sometimes people were too busy concentrating for a good chat or anything like that. However that was pretty rare and most of the time everyone had the time for me regardless of the workload.
The university I was at set the placement up for me and my clinical placement tutor made sure everything was okay and visited me whilst I was there to make sure I was settled well into the place and happy with the workload I had been given as a student.
They definitely invested in me by putting me on the bank staff register as it Kent I could train in the job that I wanted to go on to do whilst getting paid which is unfortunately a little rare in this industry at the moment for students in particular!
I did not see myself working there following the completion of my degree as it was not actually based on a hospital site which was something I was very passionate about as a student. Thankfully now I have found the right position for me where I feel happy where I am based.
I would say so as I am still a part of it and will hopefully continue to be for a very long time! The social scene is also good at my new workplace so I feel as though I definitely have the best of both world in that regard!
Fairly cheap as fortunately I am not down south!
It was based on an industrial estate which meant there was absolutely nothing around for miles in terms of night life but to be fair I wasn’t there to party. I was there to study and work hard to gain a good overall degree mark which was the most important thing to me at that time.
There weren’t really many other than my project which I was given which was outside of uni and kind of outside placement time too. I was able to use my weekends to go in and complete the practical work which made life a lot easier and gave me the freedom.
Internship (1 Month+)