Fluid mechanics. Cement placement. Research intensive work
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really great place to work. Very supportive and caring attitude to staff. Would be more suitable to an engineer rather than a chemist though.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very sociable community of both full time regulars and a influx of interns from UK and abroad.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Continually supported throughout 12 months. Brilliant advice and very much an open-door policy. Always aiding development of skills relating to work and presenting. General feeling of actually caring what I have to say.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fluctuates dependent on work load for week, since this is a research-based site. Consists of either experimental collections of data and the latter analysis.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Self-governed project for 12 months and opportunity to be first author on research publications. Still, you are liable to the choices of your managers and so don't have complete free reign.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a lot and developed as scientist and person while at SGR, however the work is very much engineering and not so much chemistry, so I wasn't able to use my degree course knowledge as much as I would have liked. However, it was nice to have a break and learn/try something new (i.e. fluid mechanics, rheology...) and I think this was a big stepping-stone for me in terms of improving my CV and knowing what I want to do with my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Lots of interns = lots of social events outside of work
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Safety training and free safety stuff ( cycle helmet, steel-toe capped boots, hard hats, PPE, etc.) Even had office safety training to prevent muscle/joint problems while sat at my desk. Cambridge university gym membership discount ~ £100. Cycle/driving courses available for free.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very high if you wished it. Later applicants will skip most interview processes particularly if the placement/later job opportunity are at same site.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, very much (+40 interns)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very high in Cambridge ... clubbing is awful/pubs are quaint but expensive... much better to go to London, etc
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
what nightlife? it's dire mate.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
yes. Football every week, cinema trips, business trips.