Applied Sciences Placement Student at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Derby East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Science/Research Chemistry

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8.4/10

The Role
9.2
Organisation
8.8

Socialising

6.8

The Role

Role Description

Running of non-standard lab procedures, aiding in the research and development of new compounds, with generally a number of physical chemistry techniques.

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

In all honesty if I didn't have to leave my placement I probably wouldn't, I really enjoy the work I get to do day to day.

9/10

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

The people I got to work with were fantastic and really made going to work enjoyable, I was treated as an employee rather than a student a lot of the time with people willing to help me out when I needed it.

10/10

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

My supervisor was really helpful and supportive reading the endless drafts of reports I seemed to have to write for university. They gave me space to grow and learn on my own whilst being always willing to listen and offer advice when I asked for it.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were a couple of weeks when my workload just didn't ever seem to diminish but this was mainly due to urgent incoming work, but for the majority of my time I had enough work to be getting on with without too much that I felt overwhelmed.

8/10

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

When appropriate I was allowed to conduct my own experiments to gain greater understanding, but my responsibility mainly came in the form of multiple projects. I was often given a number of different projects, each with a clear set of aims, after some discussion of how these should be achieved I was allowed to work on them as I saw fit providing the deadlines for results were met.

8/10

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 learnt a lot about time management and organisation of multiple projects as well as communicating with a variety of personnel, that I have no doubt will aid me in the years to come.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My office was one which worked hard, but knew how to relax. The working atmosphere was good, but with a relatively relaxed feel. People were happy to have chats during the day if you just needed to talk things over or were unsure of anything. Overall I feel the relaxed/informal environment led to a more productive work day.

9/10

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

On behalf of Lubrizol the work placement was very well organised with relevant training and experience provided.

10/10

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

Relevant training was provided for the use of technical instrumentation and general health and safety.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
9/10

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

I have been offered (and accepted) a PhD funded by Lubrizol, retaining a link to the company for the next couple of years.

7/10

Social

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

The students all got on well with a number of nights out and other social activities throughout the year. Socialising with colleagues was also frequent with a number of activities organised through the company ie trips to York and London, go-karting, quiz night

5/10

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

I would not consider it overpriced but it was not 'cheap as chips'.

8/10

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

I do not really go out to nightclubs but I heard that it was not as good as other places.

5/10

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

Sports and social club activities were held most nights, although these were generally sport based. Other activities, such as trips out or bowling, were generally held once a month or so.

9/10

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