Year in Industry Student at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Salisbury
Review Date

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3.7/5

The Role
4
The Company
4.2
The Culture
2.8

Role Description

Technical Office, with opportunities to undertake Technical work in other departments

The Role

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

I got some great experiences this year, as well as a really valuable insight into the working world.
4 /5

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

I wasn't just treated like a student there to make tea - I got to do real work and contribute in a big way.
4 /5

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

Line Management is very good, and designed to help you make the most of your year.
4 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I got as much work as I wanted - if you ask for more you will be given it!
5 /5

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

I was given as much as I wanted - within reason. Your LM is there to push you and help you to develop, so you are given as much responsibility as you are able to deal with - which is a great opportunity!
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 was able to develop lab skills, inter-personal and computer skills; as well as become more sure what University course I wanted to do!
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

There is always something happening - you can make the most of working in such a great team environment.
5 /5

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

The interview and job vacancies were out rather late, so everything was done quite quickly, but nothing was left out.
4 /5

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

Chartership opportunities, Continued Professional Development courses and seminars, as well as opportunities in other departments were offered.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
4 /5

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

I managed to get a Summer Sponsorship, and a guaranteed graduate interview.
5 /5

The Culture

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

Most YINIs live together on one street (provided housing), which provides a good atmosphere.
4 /5

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

More expensive than up North!
3 /5

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

The provided housing is a bit too far out of town - and taxis aren't cheap!
3 /5

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

The Sports club is often doing things, and isn't too expensive, although get involved early!
3 /5