Testing of orthopaedic instruments under development forms most of the workload.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I enjoyed the placement. I was part of a friendly team and I enjoyed living in Leeds and exploring Yorkshire.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The test lab team were supportive and helpful. Most of my work was individual work (as opposed to team work) but I felt that my input was valued when I did become involved in team projects.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was a change of management almost exactly half way through my placement, my manager at the end of my placement was on secondment to our group from another group in the company so may not remain in the role for the long term. I did work for my manager and another senior colleague both of whom were very helpful and approachable, I was fortunate to have such nice people to work for.
All DePuy employees (including placement students) have a set of personal development goals and objectives which are agreed in discussion with their manager and which are intended to provide a framework for feedback. I didn't feel I got as much feedback as I would have liked, this may have been in part because of the change of management part way through the year.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My workload varied considerably over the course of the year, I never felt overloaded but did have little to do at times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I ran my own tests and various side projects within the test lab, much like the graduate engineers and contractors on my team, I was not involved in any of the interdepartmental teams working on larger company projects.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I would now have a much better idea what to expect from a role in industry. I learned a lot about how to work as part of a large organisation and communicate with other employees. I learned some skills related to good laboratory practice and technical skills related to the equipment in the test lab.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was generally quiet but the people were friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was treated very much like a normal employee in the office, work was allocated to me as it was to the other test engineers. No activities were organised for me because of my role as placement student.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The same training and development was available to me as to other members of staff. I was offered two training courses over the course of the year (a one day course and a two day course), it may have been possible for me to attend more had I found them myself.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would certainly consider returning among other options.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were about twenty placement students, we were all put in touch before the beginning of the placement. I met up with colleagues outside of work five or six times over the course of the year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I'm from London, living in Leeds seems pretty cheap to me!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I'm not much of a party animal myself but I gather from my flatmates (fellow placement students) that there's plenty to do in Leeds at night. Leeds has one of the biggest student populations of any city in the country so is very student friendly.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There's certainly plenty going on in Leeds to get involved in. Working hours weren't too long so there was plenty of time in the evenings.