Lab Engineer at Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Oxford South East
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Science/Research

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7.5/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

5.2

The Role

Role Description

Testing new types of imaging sensors as part of the world renowned Sensor Design group.

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

A lot of interesting things to do most days, but some were slow.

8/10

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

Was always made to feel welcome, and a valued part of the team.

9/10

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

Always willing to help where needed.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Mostly given time to work at my own pace, but there were times when results were needed very quickly.

9/10

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

I was responsible for the day-to-day running of the lab I was in, and was able to order things where needed.

8/10

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

A lot of useful new programming and experimental skills gained.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Quite a good office, but was occasionally quiet due to conferences.

7/10

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

HR took a while to get round to organising a proper contract, but was at a very busy time of graduate recruitment.

6/10

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

They were willing to send me on the neccessary courses for me to do my job well, and others that held interest to me.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • International Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
7/10

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

Able to secure a graduate placement with them next year (hopefully!)

10/10

Social

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

Not a lot of interaction with other students through my choice, but was good where possible.

7/10

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

Oxford prcing made things quite expensive, but cheaper alternatives were availible.

4/10

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

The town where I lived was dead after 9pm, but nearby Oxford had plenty to go to.

3/10

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

LOts of local clubs availible, if you like the ones on offer.

7/10

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