Undergraduate - Plant breeding at BAT

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Cambridge East of England
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Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Science/Research

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8.2/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
9.0

Socialising

6.0

The Role

Role Description

A bit of everything.
Working in the lab, greenhouses and office

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

I have really enjoyed my experience with BAT - I have felt part of a group and have been well supported all year. You get to feel both part of the student group and also part of your team, with great social aspects of both.

9/10

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

The work I have done here has been important for the company and isn't just something for the student to do. Everyone is interested in how a project is working and wants to help

9/10

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

There are a lot of training opportunities and also chances for skill learning ie CV's

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Although the placement may have been a little slow to start with it quickly picked up into a full time job.

8/10

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

My project had been my own, and thus it is my responsibility to make sure it is running well, deadlines are met and next steps considered

9/10

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

Just working in a company teaches you loads, but then there are all the training sessions, skill workshops and teaching on principles too

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

People don't mind if you talk a bit, but neither is it too loud and busy to focus. Everyone is approachable and will always have time for your questions

8/10

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

There are a few people who co-ordinate the student activities and they do this well - even though I was from a different site to the other students I still felt part of the student community and I believed this was thanks to this small team.

It was always clear what was expected of us and activities were well organised.

10/10

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

This year I have been able to attend many courses including stats and external project management qualifications.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
9/10

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

This could be a job for life

9/10

Social

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

Every month the whole of my site will go out for a meal in a new restaurant

9/10

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

I lived in Cambridge so it was expensive. There are however student events to be found

3/10

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

Cambridge is a university city but the nightlife is mild.

4/10

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

There was always things to do. I have been able do join many student socities even though I am not part of the university

8/10

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