Digital industrial placement student

by GSK

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  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • The Digital Communications IP role primarily focuses on providing support to the corporate web estate (with 1.2 million visitors a month). Additionally, providing support and assistance to other social channels, coverings areas such as authoring, content creation and editing, data analysis to drive continuous improvement.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Below are some of the existing skills I developed: Multitasking - successfully managed day-to-day responsibilities in a busy corporate digital team as a web editor for which included supporting the publication of 100+ time sensitive Press Releases. Time management - Delivered publication of four sets of GSK's quarterly financial results in a high-pressure environment. Managing and networking - Led on projects to overhaul Careers content on with recruitment stakeholders and third-party agencies; and the annual publication process to disclose HCP payment information for European markets.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Certainly. This is highlighted in my involvement in GSK's quarterly financial results where in a high-pressured environment, I was the web editor publishing GSK’s market sensitive financial information to the public. This proves the high level of responsibility I was given.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • A great amount. I completed monthly GSK assigned training, which both kept me informed and tested my knowledge.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Welcoming and uplifting on every occasion, which allowed me to ask many questions and truly develop. There was not one GSK employee who wasn't happy to assist or guide me where need be, hence why I my self-development exceeded as the months progressed.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I could not see myself enjoying my placement elsewhere after having completed it at GSK. My line manager in particular was is a vital person who taught me a lot of commercial knowledge and helped me excel my soft and hard skills. The learnings from my placement year will be the foundation of my career, regardless of where I will be in the future.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at GSK
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to GSK
  • If you passionately want to work towards improving the quality of human life by helping people do more, feel better, then GSK is the right fit for you.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Business Intelligence

Greater London

October 2021

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