I very much enjoyed my placement. The people i worked with and my supervisor were helpful and inclusive and i found it easy to approach them. I enjoyed getting a mixture of desk based work and getting to go down and experience production. The work was varied and challenging allowing me contribute effectively to the organisation.
I thought all my colleagues ad supervisor were easily approachable and very inclusive. They were not daunting when approching them for work and were often happy to help if i was struggling with a bit of work. They were always inclusive with both work related and informal conversations so i never felt left out.
I would have regular daily chats with my supervisor rgarding the work i was doing and if either of us had any thoughts on what i could get in involved with. This was alongside quarterly review meetings where we would discuss my progress alongside oppertunities for further skills and personal development.
I always had a project going on in the background. However, sometimes I would have days where i wasn't very busy if all my work was out of my hands and i was waiting on feedback or signatures. On the other hand, the slow days were usually followed by very busy days and i think this was just the nature of the work i was getting involved in.
I felt that i was given a lot of responsibility and i was trusted by my colleagues and supervisor. I got oppertunities to work in teams with senior and more experienced employees to work on relevent projects. I also got oppertunities to complete my own projects where i took sole reponisibility in ensuring they were completed to a high standard and on-time.
I think the conidence with communication will be noticeably better in the presentations i do in my final year of my university course. The teamwork and leadership skills will also assist with the group work. I also think all these skills will help when looking for a graduate job alonside all my experiences from the past year.
The atmosphere in my office was very friendly and cheerful. This was useful in the first few weeks of my placement, as it made the office inclusive and everyone working in it easily approachable. I found it easy to join in with conversations and was encouraged by my colleagues to do so.
I felt it was strucutred well to introduce me into the world of work. Alongside, introducing my to the complex manufacturing process onsite. As well as, all the rules and regulations which must be followed whilst in manufacturing. There were projects already planned for me to join in with as soon as i started so i had work readily available.
There was a lot of strucutred training regarding all the admin and protocols which needed to be read to allow me to work onsite and also experience production. Often, for the work i was completing, one of my colleagues would be there to assist me at first if it was a new piece of software i was using.
I think the placement year has given me a lot of experience witin the pharmaceutical industry and i would consider it as a strong option when looking at graduate roles. If i were to look for a job i would look at the different types of roles to my placement roles alongside experiencing different sites in different countries.
There was a good social scene surrounding MSD with a company BBQ in the first couple of weeks to celebrate the past years success. I was also invited with my team for a couple day trips out which i enjoyed a lot and was great to see my colleagues in a less formal setting.
The cost of living in the north east is very reasonable. I found it very easy to find affordable accomodation which was both suitable and in a good location. There are lots of affordable daytime activities alongside restaurants and pubs in the noth east which often have student disocunts or deals.
The nightlife is great as their are a variety of activities which you can do. There are lots of affordable and diverse restaurants to try in Newcastle. Alongside, lots of different styles of pubs, bars and nightclubs. At night the city of Newcastle is always busy and it is easy to find something to do.
There were a few, there was a weekly five-a-side football game which a lot of employees joined in with. As a placement student at MSD you are encouraged to become a STEM ambassador and I got oppertunities to go into local primary and sewcondary schools to assist in running a science club.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
23rd June 2020