Horizon Scanning at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

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

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4.2/5

The Role
4.6
The Company
4.2
The Culture
3.6

Role Description

Looking for emerging science and technology that has UK defence and security implications. Scanning the internet. Attending workshops. Compiling bi-monthly emerging S & T newsletter that is distributed globally.

The Role

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

Had a fantastic time and developed 100% as a person as well as professionally.
5 /5

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

Very valued, but only as much as I earned.
4 /5

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

My original buddy worked out really badly because I was given no support, however after I raised this as an issue and it was sorted out. From then on it was great.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I range from having a good level of work to do to being extremely busy and under pressure.
4 /5

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

I was given a lot of responsibility but only because I showed I could handle it!
5 /5

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 immensely of the year but most of all I've become more confident about going to university which is something I was worried about.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was very good and far more friendly than I expected when I started!
4 /5

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

It was the first time my team had had a YINI so they didn't know all the ins and outs but it was fine.
4 /5

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

They made it clear that it was all about my development.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
4 /5

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

I have gained a sponsorship through university which means I get a guaranteed interview after I graduate.
5 /5

The Culture

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

Yes, I lived onsite with eight other students and had a great time.
5 /5

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

It was highly expensive to get into town but it was a price I was willing to pay.
3 /5

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

Wasn't what I was used to but still great.
5 /5

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

Because I lived onsite it was hard to get around meaning it was hard to get out and do things. Good job some of the other students had cars.
3 /5