Day to day tasks involved problem solving and maintaining the day to day running of the business. In the long term it was the introduction and validation of new products.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My year in industry was a thoroughly enjoyable experience that is left me feeling motivated and prepared to do well in my third year of university. I would definitely recommend taking a year out if the opportunity is available.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
A really great group of people worked in the department and site in general. I was never made to feel like a student, always valued and felt a solid part of the team. I still keep in touch with colleagues to this day.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Really good support and supervision throughout my placement from my supervisor and other members of the team. If i had any problems/queries they were soon answered and sorted so I could get on and do my job.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally I had plenty of work to keep me busy, it was a very rare occassion when I had a quiet day. However being busy is a good thing in the world of work as it makes the time fly and keeps you motivated.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given an an incredible amount of responsibility, I was surprised from the first day how much trust and responsible I was given. This really helped to make me feel truely valued and a part of the team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout the year I was constantly acquiring skills that will benefit me both inside of work and outside. Following this year in industry I have become very proactive, good at managing my time and disciplined.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Always an enjoyable place to work, a really great bunch of people to have as colleagues. From monday morning to friday evening there was never a dull moment! Much better than I was expecting.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My job didn't really have a particular sturcture, I seemed to slip straight in as a member of the team and I had the same day to day responsibilities and projects as other permanent members of the team.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was constantly receiving training and embarking on training courses to the same degree as all of my colleagues in the office. There was no exception as training and safety are a crucial part of the job.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
A very enjoyable place to work that I would consider to work following on from my PhD. I would recommend it as a place to work for any current and future graduates who are wanting to embark on a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As It was situated in a relatively small town you had to make more of an effort to develop a good social scene than you would in a big city such as London, however Newcastle, Durham and Darlington were only just down the road.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very cheap in comparison to down south, this was a pleasant surprise. The people were very friendly and generous to which really helped me to settle in. A really good plcae for a student year out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The actual town itself wasn't great, but we made the most of it and regularly took trips to Durham and Newcastle were the nightlife is some of the best in the country. This always made for great work nights out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As long as you looked around there was plenty to be done and a massive variety too. You could partake in anything from fell-walking to mountain biking to football. There was a very good discounted gym next door too.