1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed my placement year at Lubrizol. The jobs that I was given to do were varied and challenging without being impossible. The people that I worked with were friendly and helpful and I really learnt a lot from them. They allowed me to learn a lot of practical skills that just aren't available at uni.
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?
sometimes i was too busy and sometimes i was bored but a lot of the time I felt like there was a real good balance with how much work was expected from me. They also left me alone on the weekends as lubrizol really believes in having a clear separation between worklife and home life.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given full responsibility of developing a new prototype temperature controller using software that nobody in the company had ever used before. I was able to work on it at home during the lockdown as it was an important project with a lot of money in the budget. I had to give updates to my superiors periodically so that they could track my progress throughout.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
They will definitely assist me in the future as i have learnt invaluable practical skills that i wouldn't have learnt at uni. I believe that this will give me a big headstart on others in my position as they will not have developed the skillset that i have been able to over the last year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in our office was always relaxed. The people in there were always kind and helpful. I felt as though i got on with them really well and often shared some jokes back and forth. All this really helped me settle in well when i got there and i never dreaded going to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As well as it could've been. The nature of my work was to support the various tests that went on at my facility so obviously the work couldn't have been very structured as you couldn't know what problems were going to come up day to day but that was good because it meant that I got to go all over the site helping people and learning about all the different systems that were used. But the rest was seamless as Lubrizol has been accepting students for years and knows how to welcome and organise students within the business.
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?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The propects of being employed with them aren't low but they aren't great because they don't offer jobs to straightaway after/during the placement. however there are multiple people that have been students at lubrizol that have then been hired after completing their uni degree as lubrizol as more likely to hire you if your placement has been successful.
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 joined a group of lads that played football every wednesday at a local leisure centre. This wasn't organised by lubrizol just was something i heard about from some one in my office.
There was also a sports and social club that you can join that offer a range of activities throughout the placement.