Clinical Trial Coordinator / Clinical Research Associate at MSD

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London
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3.9/5

The Role
4.3
The Company
3.8
The Culture
3.5

Role Description

Role split between office-based administrative activities and on-site monitoring activities

The Role

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

I've really enjoyed my placement and the work that I've been doing. My placement has given me so much insight into working in a pharmaceutical company, and the process of clinical trials. The placement has been really hands-on, and I've had the opportunity to be involved in projects outside of my job role.
5 /5

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

I feel very valued by my colleagues. I think that we have all worked really well together, and helped each other whenever needed. I think that the work that I have done as part of my placement has positively contributed to the team. This is also reflected in the praise I have received from my team members.
5 /5

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

My supervisors have given me as much support as I have asked for. I have always received guidance when I have asked for it. Instead of being spoon fed the answers I have been directed to resources that can help me, which has helped to develop my independence and self-reliance.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Throughout my placement my workload has varied - some weeks I have been very busy and other weeks have been much quieter. I have never had too much or too little work as supervisors closely monitor this. The work is always there, it just depends how much you want to ask for as to how busy you will be.
4 /5

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

I was given a fair amount of responsibility during my placement, but never too much. I had responsibility over my own work and the projects that I contributed to. As a placement student I did not have any overall responsibility in projects, which meant that I was never under too much pressure.
4 /5

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

I have developed so many skills during my placement, which will be helpful far into my future. This includes communication skills, team-working, working independently and Microsoft package skills. I was also given training relevant to my placement role and other roles within the company, which was really useful and interesting.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was really welcoming in the office. Everyone was really approachable and helpful, so it never felt like you were bothering anyone by asking questions. Everyone in the office was always up for a chat, but likewise the environment was never so noisy that it was distracting. It was a great working environment.
4 /5

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

The placement was really well organised. The company takes on a lot of placement students so the programme has been really well set-up. There are plenty of activities that are organised for the placement students. There are also particular POCs for each placement student, so that there are always people to go to when you need help.
5 /5

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

I was able to do lots of online and face-to-face training sessions, many of which were voluntary. There were certain training sessions that you had to take part in, but the rest is up to you - whatever you would like to be trained in. This is really up to your own initiative.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
4 /5

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

The future employment prospects are very appealing. This is particularly as I have really enjoyed my placement and can see where I can progress in the company. I also now have good knowledge of the background of and processes within the company, so would be very comfortable in a role within the company.
3 /5

The Culture

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

Yes, there were social events organised during the working day such as lunches. There were also parties throughout the year for the whole department. The placement students also organised social events outside of work, such as dinners and activities at the weekends. There were a variety of different events that you could get involved with.
5 /5

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

The cost was quite high - London is one of the most expensive places in the UK. However as students there are always good deals to be found if you know where to look. There are also events on in London that you don't find anywhere else in the UK so the costs can be justified.
3 /5

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

The nightlife was good. There are lots of bars, cafes and restaurants near the office. There were often events occurring in the area outside the office, which were fun and often free! The office is also very close to transport links, so its easy to travel around London to various areas.
4 /5

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

There are some opportunities to be involved in activities outside of work, such as volunteering and inclusivity and diversity groups. There are also projects you can get involved in if you have the extra time. The opportunities are there it just depends on how much time you have to spare.
4 /5