Field Trials Assistant at BASF

Duration
Placement (5-9 Months)
Region
Bury St Edmunds East of England
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Science/Research

7.7/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
8.6

Socialising

4.8

The Role

Role Description

Assessing and developing plant protection products. This involved assessing the products effects on various crops, applying and measuring correct amounts of chemicals, vehicle maintanace, and general admin duties.

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

This placement really opened my eyes to the multitude of options available for graduating biosciences students.

9/10

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

The team was very small (only 15 people) and I could not have asked for a friendly group of people to work with.

10/10

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

All the staff were very good at their jobs and were able to guide and answer any questions I had throughout my placement.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Sometimes a little busy, but there was always help available when I needed it.

8/10

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

All the placement students were given a great deal of responsibility, which really made all of us feel like part of the team.

9/10

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

It didn't utilise any laboratory skills, but I learned other skills and gained qualifications in a knew area, which I think is just as valuble.

7/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone was great to work with, but as with all jobs there were some stressfull moments when trying to adhere to deadlines (especially as these deadlines were very weather dependant).

9/10

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

I always had something constructive to be doing and I was given project time within working hours.

8/10

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

I was put through 2 spraying qualifications.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
9/10

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

Due to the small team it would require someone to leave for me to be employed.

8/10

Social

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

We were quite spread out accomadation wise so didn't go out very regularly, but when we did it was fantastic.

5/10

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

Pretty average.

5/10

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

I was based in a village but the nearest down was pretty good for nightlife.

6/10

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

The students organised most events.

3/10