Provide support/assistance for specifying product designs and influencing the choice of raw
materials, processes and equipment necessary to develop and manufacture products.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was able to develop, both persoanlly and professionally. On my placment I was able to gain a sound experience in biomedical engineering and specifically orthopedics.
I was able to develop my understanding of the key aspects of engineering and business including, new product developement, manufacturing processes, quality, operations and sales and marketing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was able to contribute to the product developement process by introducing a quality system document that will prevent galling in stainless steel components. This will help all new product developement engineers across the DePuy Synthes Franchise. This will help improve the quality of the instrumentation produced by DePuy and in turn contribute to the success of the product the patient and physician recieve.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager is a Chartered Engineer with an Engineering Doctorate, with substansial educational and idustrial experience, he was able to give me great feedback and coaching on a regular basis and most importatly direction and guidance for development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy most of the time. Students that actively seek work will be seen in better light over those who are less keen to learn as much as they can about the business in the short period of 12 months.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given opportunity to lead and develop my own projects, this was a great feeling as I was able to plan, initiate, execute and deliver on goals and objectives set at the start of placement.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
A placement at DePuy is comparable to that of gold dust. It is part of Johnson and Johnson which is the largest healthcare company in the world which opens up doors to the whole medical device industry.
It is safe to say that I now have a life changing platform to grow and develop in my career and I have also learned invaluable communication skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Play hard, work harder.
Great balance, people here are extremely competent, get the work done and then enjoy themselves.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was able to get everything sorted fairly effeciently, and within the first few weeks I was working on my projects.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I went on a lot of developement courses, included an IMechE Research and Development Project Management Course and also most of the courses that a gradute bioenginee would go on.
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 am not applying for a Johnson and Johnson Graduate Program
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Mostly organised by the students, there could have been more done by the company to organise a big meal/fun event for the students at the start as there are some students I am still yet to meet.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Leeds has strng student roots and the prices represent this!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?