Regulatory affairs at GSK

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Weybridge Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Biology Voluntary

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7.9/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

6.8

The Role

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

I highly enjoyed my placement year, GSK has a fantastic ethos which is echoed strongly. The site I worked on was very friendly and as placement students we were invited to all the opportunities as the other members of staff. There was a strong community of placement students which made my time here very enjoyable also.

10/10

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

My colleagues within my team were very friendly and even though I was a placement student I felt included within the team spirit. I was able to support them on tasks and vice versa. I was able to also reach out to them whenever I had issues or questions that needed addressing.

10/10

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

My manager was supportive and approachable so whenever I encountered any issues that needed to be escalated in my project I felt comfortable talking to them about it. During times where I had a low workload, my manager would provide me with projects that I could assist on which gave me greater responsibilities.

5/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was fairly busy on a daily basis as I had deadlines to adhere to weekly. During the beginning of my placement my workload was fairly low but I was able to assist my team on tasks from which I gained a lot of knowledge which would help me later on when I had a high workload.

5/10

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

Once I had completed my training phase and had built up the knowledge I was given equal workload as the other members of my team. It took a while to build up the knowledge however I was able to shadow members of my team with greater experience and assist on their work. Once I had gained the knowledge I could independently carry out these tasks myself

10/10

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

This placement year for me has been a great development of my confidence, presentation skills, teamwork and organisation skills. These attributes will help me greatly with my final year of studies and my future job prospects. I am highly interested to working in the same field and this experience has been invaluable to me.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My office was so friendly, there was a great team spirit and this was the same for all teams on site. There were a lot of team events that occurred throughout the year and as placement students we were included in these as well. My team were so welcoming and I felt comfortable settling in.

10/10

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

The application process was well set up and once we had joined there were clear training processes that took a while but once completed prepared us for the year ahead. There were days set up for placement students where we could learn about different departments that worked on site. Also we had lots of talks from people on the GSK graduate program which gave us a lot of insight into what opportunities were available post- graduation.

10/10

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

There were a lot of opportunities I was included in my placement year for example volunteering at career fair which was really exciting. We also had the opportunity to visit other sites for example the ones in Brentford and manufacturing sites such as Stevenage or Maidenhead. It was highly encouraged to network with people outside of your department.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
7/10

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

GSK has fantastic values and opportunities, it is very evident that they place a lot of training and effort into each student. Being a large company, there is an abundance of opportunities and job roles to learn about and it is encouraged to network and talk to people in other job roles especially as placement students.

10/10

Social

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

My site had about 30 placement students and at the beginning there was a lot of social events. It was easy to talk to everyone. Some people lived at their family homes and others lived together as they had to re-locate but were still able to join social events. This whole year is really what you make of it.

8/10

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

Quite expensive - I know students who had to rent a flat/house close to the site and the rent it slightly more expensive compared to our uni accommodation. However it is possible with the salary you are earning. The socialising is quite expensive in the area but people still did go out a fair bit.

4/10

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

You could easily travel to London via the train in 40 minutes so it provided great opportunities. However in the surrounding area it was quite expensive and London or Guilford was the nearest area that you could go either one took about 30-40 mins to travel to via train or driving.

7/10

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

There were as all the placement students were very friendly and we all knew one another. Especially in the beginning of the placement year there was a great atmosphere for socialising.

8/10

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