Applied Sciences Student Chemist, Marine Diesel at Lubrizol

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The Role
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Role Description

Running of day to day lab tests of oils, involved in the development of new testing procedures.

The Role

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

I have enjoyed my placement, it has been a useful learning experience and I have found the work both interesting and varied. There are also plenty of things going on at lubrizol outside of the working day which I took part in.
5 /5

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

The area I was working in is quite a small department, with three colleagues, but anytime I had any questions or required assistance they were happy to help. My work involved carrying out many of the day to day running of tests as well as work separately on a developing project, and any ideas or input I had on that were always valued.
4 /5

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

Anytime I required assistance or support my supervisor was happy to help.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was kept occupied through a combination of running the day to day tests, working on a newer project and writing reports.
5 /5

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

I was given a fair amount of responsibility for carrying out tests and reporting results and was trusted to manage my own time schedule.
4 /5

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

The lab skills I developed were quite specific, but the overall benefits of working on a project/giving presentations/writing reports will definitely be beneficial in future employment.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My supervisor and I shared an office, and got along well.
5 /5

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

The structure of the applied sciences student placements at lubrizol is excellent as it they immerse students in the day to day workings of the company, whilst giving them the responsibility of contributing their own project over the course of the year. You are treated like a normal employee of the company and so are invited to attend monthly technical talks, one of which you are given the opportunity to present your work at later in the year.
5 /5

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

I was given the necessary training and development within 1-2 months of starting.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Parties/Events
4 /5

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

The company tends to favour hiring PhD students, and I am not sure whether I want to go down that route. However if a job comes up where one is not required, I would apply. I also have another year left of university to complete.
3 /5

The Culture

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

A l t of student would leave derby at the weekends to visit family or girlfriends, when a few people stayed we had some decent nights.
4 /5

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

Average prices all round for shopping, quite dear for a pint.
3 /5

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

Plenty of good pubs, clubs not so much.
4 /5

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

There are company organised badminton, climbing, football and volleyball nights during the week as well as various subsidised day trips,bowling nights and a quiz night.
4 /5