Steriles Buisness Improvement at GSK

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Barnard Castle North East
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Business Analytics Pharmaceutical

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7.5/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

5.5

The Role

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

Thoroughly enjoyed myself, it was both a learning experience in terms of in my chosen field of work, but equally a year for personal growth. A lot of my skills were developed including confidence, time management, people skills and collaboration, all due to the quality of the placement at GSK.

9/10

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

I was given large responsibilities on my placement and this really allowed me to feel included and part of the team. I was expected to deliver the same as any other member. I also formed very close connections with those I worked with, not just my team members but people spanning across the full site. It really is a place where everyone knows each other and are happy to help where ever possible.

9/10

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

I had check in's with my manager weekly and we communicated almost every day. I had the support of two other IP's in my area who started at the same time as me and therefore understood what I was going through. I also had a mentor on site, and was given the opportunity to have a mentor from another site.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This varied day to day. I often had days were I was extremely busy, however I choose to fill my times like this and take on more projects. If I had found this overwhelming, for example when I was completing my exams, I was able to drop a lot of my work for a time period to allow me to focus on Uni work. It is completely up to the individual to manage your time and take up opportunities, they will not always be given.

9/10

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

I was given a fair amount of reasonability and entrusted with tasks that affected the entire site. However I was never left to tackle tasks which were above my knowledge or experience, if I was given such a task, it wold always be as part of team. Again this responsibility needed to be earned, through showing your capabilities.

7/10

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

In terms of my degree course specifically probably not much. But in terms of the soft skills I developed, I would say this is invaluable the experience my placement year gave me. This includes growing my confidence massively, to the point I formed a huge network of people I could contact across the site and even across other sites.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office environment was great! But it really is what you make it. I was in a office with engineers even though this was not my role and as soon as you get speaking to them, they become part of your day and give you that break from work you need.

10/10

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

5/10

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

GSK is extremely good at development. We had courses we could attend almost every week, including a full development week, which all the IP's were encouraged to attend. If you showed interest for a role, or an area of development, they would do there best to facilitate this. Some of the opportunities included attending STEM events, representing GSK and becoming a human Factors advocate after parking in a 10 week course.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
7/10

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

5/10

Social

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

The site I worked at was smaller than other GSK sites, and therefore there was only 12 IP's. This did however mean we all formed a tight network and often did social event after work. COVID-19 did however affect this. There was also events organised by IP's across the country bringing all the IP's together for a ball in London and there is one arranged for a graduation.

7/10

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

5/10

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?

5/10

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