The placement offered many opportunities to be involved in multiple areas of the business, also with many opportunities to travel/
Once gaining knowledge about the specific department, my colleagues valued my input and was always willing to discuss and take on my ideas to develop solutions to problems.
My supervisor and manager were always there for support and always willing to help me regardless of how complex the question was.
The daily work varied dependent upon the workload of the department. However, during quieter times, I was able to use my initiative to work projects I feel could benefit the company.
Over the course of the year, and as my knowledge of the department increased, so did the responsibility I was given. Support was always on offer throughout the year to help me complete tasks successfully.
During my placement I was in a strategic marketing role, however, my degree is in Chemical engineering. Whilst this was useful to see the commercial side of the business, it didn't enable me to develop my engineering knowledge to aid my Masters year at university. However, I did enhance many skills I previously had, such as communication and leadership, and also developed coding knowledge.
All of the people in Worcester were very welcoming and always willing to chat, enabling a good working environment.
The placement was very organised and there was always support available from my supervisor and manager, and HR if required. This support enabled me to get up to speed with the business quickly, allowing me to competently perform tasks within a few weeks.
The training received was mainly on the job. However, by working in a multi disciplinary team, I was able to learn form many experiences throughout the placement. If I was interested in a particular part of the project, the company was always willing to let me have some form of involvement.
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
The company would provide a good basis to develop my engineering knowledge and achieve my goal of becoming a chartered chemical engineer.
As Worcester was not the main hub for placement students, the social scene was small compared to the Hersham Office. However, the small group of graduates and placement students in Worcester did have a good social scene.
Worcester is a relatively cheap place to live in, and the city centre has lots of pubs and small shops and places to eat!
There are many pubs in Worcester, but for what I would call 'a good night out' you would have to travel further afield. However, both Birmingham and Cheltenham are easily accessible on the train.
The social groups and the welcoming Worcester office provided many activities outside of the offie.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
9th August 2020