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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Student chemist working in organic synthesis. Main roles included lab work, writing reports based on lab work and attending and participating in presentations

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I greatly enjoyed working at lubrizol, superior staff members where helpful and structures where in place to ensure student placements ran smoothly.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Student work at lubrizol is highly valued and at all times I felt as if my work received the validity it deserved.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Support structures in place at lubrizol and also by my university meant I always felt safe and confident in the tasks I was given.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I felt that for me the balance was about right with tasks taking up the full day, with just enough time for a couple tea breaks.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Tasks that I was given during my placement where definetly my own but due to the safety requirements needed in a laboratory environment it is a good thing to have a senior member of staff involved in some tasks.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Whilst at lubrizol I would say my laboratory skills improved massively whilst also gaining an insight into how an industrial position in chemistry would suit me. Also teamwork, communication and presentation skills gained can not go unmentioned.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • I shared an office with other placement students so as we where all in the same situation it made easy to get along. We all knew hard work was needed but it doesn't mean you can't have a joke at the same time. From time spent in other senior offices I gained a similar impression from them.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Overall well organised, but a hectic first few days getting things set up and working smoothly.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The majority of non-essential extra training and development gained was safety orientated. Maybe training in different areas could be developed.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • With a history of employing past students and due to the satisfaction I gained from my placement I would say a job at Lubrizol would be appealing.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • With around 15-20 placement students scattered in different departments on site there is always something going on. I was also glad to find that younger full time staff members where usually happy to attend social events organised.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I chose to travel into work from living in Nottingham so this doesn't really apply to me but as I understand prices where pretty okay.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The closest place for a nightlife in Derby, it's not the clubbing central of the world but has enough bars and clubs to have a good time.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • A sports an social club ran quite a number of activities from hill walking to go-karting so there where no issues there.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Chemistry, Science/Research

21st September 2012

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