Undergraduate Placement Student at BAT

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Southampton South West
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Chemistry

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8.1/10

The Role
8.5
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

8.5

The Role

Role Description

Innovation and development
Consumer insights
Project Management
Technical Insights

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

I enjoyed my placement year greatly. I worked on a variety of projects, worked between two sites (Even had the opportunity to go abroad). I met some truly amazing people, with a great wealth of knowledge and experience.

9/10

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

I was always made to feel like an employee and not a student, which I really appreciated. I was made to feel valuable and important to the business.

10/10

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

I was always able to find someone who could help and guide me whenever required. However working between two sites I was not able to have the people who I worked with on projects or my line manager with me on a day-to-day basis. However this did help me to be an independent problem solver in the long run.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was in a department of the business that was extremely busy and fast paced, and I feel I really thrived in it. I am a person who always has to be busy/doing something, so it suited me down to the ground, It also taught me to balance work for different projects at the same time.

8/10

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

I was working across several projects that spanned from consumer insights, to fundamental science to innovation and development. I was always made to feel important,

9/10

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

I believe the skills I have picked up will help me more in a beyond studying capacity, as I have had to learn responsibility, leadership and communication skills. Time keeping and hard working, are skills that I will definitely take back with me to university.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Brilliant. I couldn't ask for more. Both fun and hard working.

10/10

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

The department I worked in was a new fast paced part of the business so there weren't to many thing that were organised, Most thinks were last minute, this didn't affect me as I quite enjoyed the excitement. However I am not sure this would suit other people.

8/10

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

I was placed on several science based learning courses, which was very good of the company. This will definatly help me in my remaining years at university

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Healthcare/Dental
5/10

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

There are a few cases of ex-placement students returning to the company, however not as many as I would expect. So I am unsure if I will be offered a role at the company in the future.

6/10

Social

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

I got on well with my fellow placement students.
I have had many great social experiences with my work colleagues, especially as the year progressed.

7/10

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

Very Reasonable, for both housing and socialising.

8/10

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

When I went out with the right people to the right places, I had an amazing time.

But as the case is everywhere there are great and NOT so great places.

10/10

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

Lots of opportunities to get involved and attend sporting events, as well as music festivals. Great for me.

9/10

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