Industrial Placement at GSK

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Stevenage South East
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Pharmaceutical

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7.3/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
7.6

Socialising

5.5

The Role

Role Description

Research Scientist. Tasked with validating a molecular target that had proven genetic association to disease. I performed functional and biochemical assays to characterise the pharmacological properties.

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

Fantastic experience. You are very well looked here at GSK. I gained an insight into business operations, received many personal development opportunities and spent time with specialists in the field. The access to resources and seminars is brilliant. The best part has to be the lab work and techniques that you are able to perform.

8/10

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

Very friendly and great culture at GSK. They provide a great experience for students and make you feel that you are contributing to something important. People here were willing to give you their time and advice.

9/10

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

The management and supervision was definitely brilliant. Especially in the first month or two, the role of your supervisor is essential. You are almost taught from scratch and guided throughout the year. My manager was great in identifying different projects for me and provided regular feedback.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Pretty busy. Especially after a few months in. Some days you have to work extra hours but that's the nature of the job.

7/10

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

I was given a good amount of responsibility. I was able to perform experiments on my own accord and suggest ideas to my supervisor.

8/10

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

I definitely believe there are lot of transferable skills that I have gained. The lab techniques and development of scientific knowledge will help me greatly in my final year.
I think the skills I have gained will also help me if I pursue a career in a different role.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was good. Everyone got on well. Socials were organised in order for people to get to know each other.

8/10

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

I feel it could have been better organised with regards to safety issues but generally good.

6/10

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

I feel a lot of time and money was invested into me. I was able to learn several lab techniques and use expensive equipment. Internal and external development opportunities were also provided.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
7/10

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

There are definitely some great roles available with a lot of perks. However, I feel I want to pursue something different.

7/10

Social

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

Yes. Events were organised often and people actively tried to get to know you.

7/10

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

Not overly cheap and not a lot to do in the town itself.

4/10

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

5/10

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

Yes there were some charity and sports activities.

6/10

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