Team Member at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

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

The Role

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

A lot of variety and the feeling that my work was valued. However there were some frustrations and annoyances with some of the management decisions.
4 /5

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

It's nice to know my work will be missed when I'm not there
4 /5

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

My supervisors were generally very busy, so it wasn't always possible to get support and guidance when I needed it. It was helpful when I got it, though.
2 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Occasional days of having nothing to do, and occasional days of being worked off my feet, but generally there was always enough work available to fill my days
4 /5

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

I was given more responsibility than I would have thought I could have handled at the start of the year, but I managed much better than I expected.
4 /5

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

I have gained much needed interpersonal skills, improved my report writing and gained confidence in what I am capable of.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Quiet and studious, punctuated by occasional conversations or comments.
3 /5

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

The start of the year was fairly slow, because not much work was specifically set out for me, however it sped up as the year progressed.
3 /5

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

Essential health and safety and civil service e-learning courses, but nothing beyond that.
1 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
3 /5

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

I am not sure about what my plans are after university, but DSTL is a worthwhile company to work for.
4 /5

The Culture

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

There was a reasonable social scene, stymied by the lack of things to do in the neighbourhood except go to pubs.
3 /5

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

Rents were expensive and so was food/drink, due to the proximity to London
1 /5

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

Unless by nightlife you mean nocturnal wildlife...
0 /5

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

There were not any universities in the area, so there was very little around targeted at my age group.
2 /5