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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Handling of data, day to day running of tests, research project formed 50% of the placement.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Adjusting to a competitive environment, being thrust into a company with hundreds of systems which you aren't trained on formally and working with individuals who aren't so keen on students made this a very challenging placement!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Direct support from individual supervisor was shocking, however it is acknowledge this is down to the individual, others have had great supervisors. You are often restricted on access to confidential material which you need to do your job and the seems to be a lack of trust in the data you produce, it takes a lot of hard work to trusted! That being said pastoral support from a managerial level is excellent, if you ask for it!


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • In terms of my supervisor, very little. Left in the dark is probably the best description! Managerially they had little input on my work but were very helpful with administation, pastoral and showed that they care for their employees even if they're students!


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Spent too much time working on the same thing which became very tedious. Would have preferred to have been too busy on lots of different things than stuck on the same slow moving project.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Apparently was given lots of responsibility but felt more like it was a distraction so that I had something to work on.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • It's a very specialised industry and therefore uses very specialised tests, procedures and equipment therefore I don't see myself applying much of this stuff to my future career.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • In my office it was silent but other offices were much more exciting and had good levels of banter. Just better hope you get lucky!


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Not much support from managers, everything has to go through your supervisor so make sure you have a good one!


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Was trained in elements of health and safety but not much else.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Applied for a variety of jobs, didn't get any.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Socially a very good placement outside of work.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Good, lots to do and can live with other students making it more social.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Average at best but not too expensive.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • If you go looking for it there is plenty of stuff to do!


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

14th May 2013

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