Analytical Services Student Placement at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Derby East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Chemistry

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9.2/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
9.4

Socialising

9.2

The Role

Role Description

Technician - running and maintaining instruments and tests.

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

I found it a challenging but positive experience. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and it was up to myself to manage my own workload.

8/10

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

I felt close to my colleagues and was treated as a member of the team and not just a student. I was also able to become friendly with people in other departments as the site is quite small.

9/10

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

My supervisor and manager were very supportive and treated me like the rest of the employees and not just as a student. They were also aware of the pressures of industry and so made sure that I was completely overwhelmed.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I was quite busy as we are in a fast turnaround time laboratory. This could be stressful at times but it was never too much.

10/10

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

I was mainly responsible for the tests that I ran and the work that was needed to be done on them. This alllowed me to become more independent and confident.

9/10

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

I feel I've developed some important Analytical testing skills that are used in day to day routine analytical labs. I was also able to balance uni work with full time employment so that has improved my time management.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Light hearted and a good atmosphere. People are happy to have a wee chat and a coffee.

9/10

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

The placement was very well organised and there were events we could participate in as students.

9/10

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

They made sure I was able to build up my CV and personal skills - they offered to help me practice interview techniques and learn any other laboratory skills that I hadn't had a chance to develop in my own lab.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
10/10

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

There seems to be a lot of previous students who have completed a placement here working as full time employees now.

10/10

Social

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

The company had an indoor rock climbing club every wednesday that I went too and would socalise with the other students and employees most weekends. We organised a trip to York for the weekend and have been paintballing and ice skating.

10/10

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

Derby wasnt as cheap as other citys but the rent was reasonable and there were deals in clubs that were reasonabley priced too. Going out in the week was cheaper than the weekend though but we didn't get much of a chance to do that.

8/10

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

Derby has quite a few bars but not many night clubs to go to. It was however a great night out whenever we went out with the students/full timers so that didn't matter if there wasn't much of a choice of where to go to.

9/10

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

The sports and social club has sports clubs on most days of the week and there are regular opportunities to try things on weekends such as paintballing, clay pigeon shooting, rock climbing and caving.

10/10

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