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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Research and Development Placement in the Applied Sciences Department

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • My placement in Lubrizol was a great experience. The work I was involved in was very interesting and helped me enhance my technical background knowedge. More importantly, I worked in R&D, an area I am really passionate about.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The working environment in Lubrizol was great and welcoming. All the colleagues were very happy to help whenever it was needed, while at the same time the work I did was valued by my team and managers. All employees respect each other, and that is why the atmosphere in the department was great!


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I always got help and guidance from my supervisors not only to run tests, but also to actually understand the benefits my work could have for the company.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • My year in Lubrizol was really busy due to the nature of the project I was involved in. The busier though you are, the more you learn from your placement year so it is definitely good it was a busy year.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • The responsibilty I was given was signficant, resulting in a busy schedule. Again though, the more responsibility the more you learn from your placemeT. Also, it helped me get more organised and plan further ahead.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I managed to improve significantly my presentation and communication skills, which is important not only for the future years in university but for my career in general. Also, I expanded my technical background and knowledge around the area of tribology and lubrication which will be helpful for my tribology modules in university in the fourth year.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Great and enjoyable! I worked with really nice people which made every day in the office enjoyable


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • My supervisors organised all the training I needed to go through in order to be able to perform well in my placement. The placement was really well set up, which helped not only me but also the company.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • As I said above, there was a lot of training in the beginning of the placement to get an insight in automotive engines, valvetrain mechanisms, tribology and lubrication. All the training sessions and insights signify how much the company invests and believes in you and the work you are doing.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Car

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    Healthcare from home


    Travel loan


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • The future employment prospects within Lubrizol are really good and appealing. There have been a few people who after their placement year and completion of their university studies decided to reapply for a job.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Many events, parties and nights out organised by us on an occasional basis. The nightlife in Derby was decent, so the year was really good overall!


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Derby was pretty cheap, so the cost of living was very convenient for the student. The cost of lunch in the canteen was low, because it was subsidised, while at the same time it was really tasty. In general, Derby was cheap so I could personally save a substantial amount of money through the year.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nightlife in Derby was pretty good! There were many nice pubs, bars and clubs in the centre so the nightlife was really good


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • In the beginning of the placement there was the opportunity to enroll in the Sports and Social club which subsidises many activities and events. The answer is therefore yes! We did go karting, 5-a-side football, climbing, etc.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

28th August 2014

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