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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

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

    The Role

  • 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.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Was always made to feel welcome, and a valued part of the team.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Always willing to help where needed.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Quite a good office, but was occasionally quiet due to conferences.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Able to secure a graduate placement with them next year (hopefully!)


    The Culture

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)


1st November 2010

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