Team member, explosives detection equipment. at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Placement Year (10 Months+)
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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Evaluation of explosives detection equipment, support and advice to users, assisting on field trials.

The Role

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

Had some amazing opportunities to look at work outside of my field.
5 /5

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

Everyone was supportive and included me in their projects.
5 /5

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

My line manager was often poor at giving me work, but I learnt to find my own opportunities.
3 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Sometimes very busy, sometimes less so, depending on time of year. (End of financial year is busy, start is less so)
5 /5

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

Able to take my own route provided I kept project lead updated. Took on a technical lead role for one project.
5 /5

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

Learnt a lot about time management and organisation and all those kind of personal skills. Only partially related to my degree but field I worked in was not neccessarily something you can learn at university.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The public sector is underfunded and often there are frustrating restrictions on what can and can't be done, but personally I found everyone upbeat and enthusiastic.
4 /5

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

I worked on a variety of projects, but often there was no clear plan for me, I picked up work as I went along.
4 /5

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

I went through the full training provided to all new starters.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
5 /5

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

Currently applying for a scholarship with them and hopefully a graduate role.
5 /5

The Culture

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

Yes, and there's plenty of other students and graduates. Limited opportunities to meet people in other departments/on other sites.
4 /5

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

I went to uni in London so wasn't too shocked... However it is an expensive area.
2 /5

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

half hour from London, near to Bluewater shopping centre...
4 /5

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

There is a new starters club which runs talks, outings etc etc for new starters (and old timers....)
4 /5