Student Chemist in Applied Sciences at Lubrizol

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
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The Role
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Role Description

Working on different projects within the Applied Sciences department in both a practical and administrating nature. Producing reports to help with customer issues as well as helping with research and development on new products adn techniques.

The Role

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

This was a very enjoyable placement and was an excellent company to work for.
5 /5

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

Generally everyone was very friendly and placement students are treated with the same respect as fully qualified members of the team.
4 /5

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

My direct supervisor was extremely helpful with any issues and my final report. The department manager was also very approachable and helpful and if for whatever reason i could not approach either of them there was always someone to help.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

All days were different but generally there was enough work to keep me going for the whole day.
4 /5

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

Due to some departmental changes I had to take on slightly more responsibility and was fully trusted by my managers to carry out my tasks without having to be supervised all the time.
4 /5

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

The office and team work skills developed on my placement will be extremely useful in my future career. The actual chemistry and work learned may not be as applicable as I may not go into a similar job however there were still some helpful points I took from the year.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

There was always an effort made to keep a good atmosphere within the office and my department.
5 /5

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

The transition period from old student to new student was very smooth and helpful for me to learn my new job. Generally the managers always knew what I would be working on and what to expect from the year.
5 /5

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

They offered learning development courses, in particular poster making, which will be beneficial in the future. One-to-ones were frequent to allow for any issues to be fixed quickly to ensure my job was not being affected by something that I could not do.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
4 /5

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

As with many companies there are always a few job opportunities available and they enouraged me to apply for a job with them following the completion of my degree if I wished to return to the company.
3 /5

The Culture

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

There were 15 students in total and there were always events/nights out arranged between us to ensure we were all involved and getting along.
5 /5

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

Prices were round about the national average and it was not difficult to have some money left over after paying bills.
4 /5

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

There were a few clubs and bars for students to attend and we usually arranged nights out within the group to go out and have fun.
4 /5

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

There were a few activities arranged by he company for outside of work however none particularly interested me. There were other activities such as a gym, cinema, bowling, shopping available in the area.
3 /5