Analytical Placement Student at Lubrizol

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The Role
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Role Description

Analytical chemistry placement student- doing IR spectroscopy, GPC, GC and lots of other techniques

The Role

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

A brilliant company. Management superb, colleagues are lovely people- everyone was warm and friendly. I had a lot of fun over this year, despite health issues that arose. Sometimes the work was repetitive, but overall I can't fault the placement- a great year.
5 /5

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

Fabulous people- I made a lot of good friends and I felt respected and valued by my colleagues.
5 /5

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

The company were extremely supportive through health issues all the way from my placement supervisor & my line manager to my colleagues and the occupational health nurse. I was given sick pay (which I know many student placements have not- gsk etc.) and returned the holidays I lost. My line manager/placement supervisor were always available to talk.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It varied through the year- when I first started, I was inundated with FTIR work to do (up to my eyeballs) and that was fairly repetitive. Towards the middle and end of the placement year I had more time so was given more non-standard stuff to do by my placement supervisor and I got stuck into my NMR project. I NEVER seemed to run out of things to do, which is a positive.
4 /5

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

At the start of each day, the lab work-list would arrive with a list of all the tests that were outstanding. Once trained on various analytical techniques, I had to manage my own time to get the relevant things done in the day. Any extra time could be spent on non-standard work. I was given an NMR project working on brand new technology and I had to manage that by myself. It was a lot of fun!
5 /5

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

This placement was an analytical chemistry placement and as such has taught me a great deal about the techniques used in industry. More importantly though, I feel this placement has improved my time management skills as well as giving me confidence.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was great! I was working in a small analytical team of 8/9 people and we all got on really well. Every morning we'd gather round the radio to play 'pop-master' (which I'd inevitably lose) and there was lots of friendly banter through the day. Everyone was pleasant- I can't say I ever felt uncomfortable- the relationship between management and staff was best I have ever experienced.
5 /5

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

I think the one downside to the placement was the way my project dragged out a little bit. My initial project was supposed to be using a new machine (details of which I won't disclose) but there were some teething issues and I had to swap to NMR. This caused a lot of time delays and it was a bit of a rush in the end.
4 /5

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

I was shown how to perform any analytical techniques I took an interest in and I was given a lot of help with my presenting skills and public speaking.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
5 /5

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

Lovely people, lovely atmosphere, great company overall. One downside would be the area I lived- although Lubrizol is out in the countryside (which was really nice), the nearest city is Derby. Derby is a bit run down, with very few things to do. I'd love to go back to Lubrizol, but I'm not sure if I'd want to live in Derby.
4 /5

The Culture

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

The students are some of the best people I've met- I was really lucky to be on placement with such a great group. They made the placement so much fun- we had loads of nights out and we built up a good bond by the end. I was gutted to leave.
5 /5

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

Rent was cheap as chips, but a night out in Derby was surprisingly expensive.
4 /5

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

Shockingly poor nightlife in Derby, but Nottingham is a 25 minute bus ride away and only £6 return. Buses run till 3:30 am, so easy to have a good night out if you want to.
3 /5

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

Loads- weekly clubs included: - 5 a side Football - Badminton - Volleyball (probably others but I've forgotten) Also had heavily subsidised events such as: - Laser quest (free) - Bowling - Ice skating (free) - Golf - Monroe Bagging - Trips to York/London - Trip to Harry Potter world - Silk ropes - Horse Riding - Lubrizol Ball (every 18 months) - Go Karting (indoor and then outdoor) - Lubrizol Quiz Also access to a games hut with pool table/ table tennis/ darts etc. every day after work. I was a member of the sports and social club committee and they took suggestions from employees on days out
5 /5