Business Support Student at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Hazelwood, Derby East Midlands
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Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Business Analytics Business Intelligence Business Management Market Research Marketing

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8.5/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

8.8

The Role

Role Description

Providing commercial support to the Specialities team by:
-Updating product literature
-Supporting external and internal conferences
-Organising literature for global colleagues
-Performing primary and secondary market research
-Performing segmentation, positioning and targeting activities.

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

7/10

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

I was a real member of the team and was made to feel as though my job was valued from day one.

I worked with a large amount of different people from a lot of different cultures including weekly phonecalls to the USA and regular visits from colleagues in Germany, Spain, France and Hungary.

9/10

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

I was given support whenever it was needed and this was based upon my needs therefore I could choose to stand on my own feet. This allowed me to learn from mistakes and my managers were very keen for me to try new things and further my development.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was given a large amount of jobs to do ranging from small tasks to large projects stretching over the year.
At times, work became scarce due to the amount of travelling other team members did however I was able to bring this up with my manager and this got quickly sorted out.

7/10

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

I was given responsibility over my own project and allowed to manage global and zonal tasks.

8/10

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

I was given the opportunity to do a wide variety of tasks and tested many skills through real life negotiations, presentations, project leadership and digital marketing experience.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

There was always food and people going for coffee and bouncing ideas off each other.

The technical nature of the company sometimes made it quite difficult to keep up but the team enjoys a laugh and appreciates the human element of work life.

I also had the opportunity to go for a few meals with work in order to get to know people on a social basis.

8/10

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

Thanks to previous students laying down a clear structure, this tends to be a very well supported placement with clear objectives built in to it.

8/10

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

The company has the opportunity for training and I took part in that online learning about project management.

Everyone on site is very generous with time and is willing to teach you anything you need to know if you put some time in their diary.

Senior members of staff also have time for students and are willing to impart widsom if you ask for it.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
10/10

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

None of the previous students have been hired full time with the organisation though this is mainly because the marketing department is still growing.

7/10

Social

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

There are about 20 students on site meaning there is a lot of potential to make friends outside of work and socialise.

I have made some great friends during my year who I will be sure to stay in contact with.

10/10

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

It is fairly cheap however it is a medium sized city therefore some places are expensive. If you choose the correct establishments then you can have a cheap night though.

9/10

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

Derby is not an amazing night out but there is still quite a bit of variety.

8/10

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

There was a sport going on pretty much every night of the week and the sports and social club organises many events during the year including:
-paintballing
-trips to london
-racing days
-walking
-rafting
-ice skating
-football days

8/10

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