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  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this placement year, as it provided me with the opportunity to experience research in an industrial setting. I was able to decide whether or not research was the right career path for me.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. I felt incredibly supported and welcome from the first moment I met my colleagues and everyone in the department was really encouraging throughout the whole placement.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. I felt very supported and felt comfortable asking for help or advice if I ever needed it.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. Sometimes I was incredibly busy and in the lab for the whole day whereas other times, I was mostly just sat at my desk writing up experiments and doing admin. I would say everyday is different and it varies, which is a good thing.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given a lot of responsibility as I developed and as time went on, which was a challenging aspect of this year but it allowed me to showcase my abilities and provided me with opportunities to grow and develop.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. All the lab experience and scientific skills I learned will doubtless be incredibly useful for my future, as I am hoping to continue in this field and pursue research as a career. If it wasn't something I wanted to do, this year would still have been useful as I developed many soft skills such as teamwork, independence and communication as the placement year provided multiple opportunities to enhance these skills. Overall, I have grown a lot as a person.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. The atmosphere was incredibly relaxed and there was always cake and treats in the office, which helped!


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The first two weeks involved an induction to introduce the students to the labs and techniques, which really helped to ease you in to the environment you were going to be working in. The supervisors and managers know what they are doing and will provide support and help throughout the year.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. I had many opportunities to showcase my work, particularly at meetings, where you present your work and defend the results you obtained. There are also lectures and talks to help develop your scientific knowledge as well as multiple opportunities to volunteer and contribute to the local area.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Flexi Time


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. Really appealing and having had the opportunity to work at GSK means that you essentially have one foot in the door and I would love to return to work as a full-time employee.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. The organisation IP Unite was incredible at organising various functions and events to facilitate socialising and networking and they were great fun.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. Relatively expensive, but obviously cheaper than it would be in London!


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Not that busy but there are a few places to go.


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

  30. 5/10

  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Biology, Science/Research

East of England

17th August 2020

£16,000 - £17,999

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