1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at LifeScan. It was a very rewarding job and I learnt a lot from the experience. The project I was allocated was very interesting and felt like it was genuinely useful and beneficial for the company to complete. I know that the work I completed was continued and developed after I left.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were fantastic at making me feel like a regular part of the team rather than just an intern. I was included and well integrated into the working team. I was able to participate in team meetings and my colleagues were genuinely interested to hear how I was getting on with my project.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were incredibly supportive and encouraging. They knew the project I was given was challenging so they gave me all the support and advice I needed but still allowed me to work independently with my own initiative. They were approachable and very good at checking I was managing ok with my work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Relatively busy as I had many different aspects to the project that I could work on. On some days I could have done with some work to complete though. Unfortunately a lot of the work I was doing was dependant on a colleague completing some other work which was substantially delayed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A good amount of responsibility was given as I was given ownership of a project. I was in charge of the direction the project was going in and responsible for it myself.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills developed at LifeScan were very useful in my continuing studies at university. The placement gave me a good understanding of engineering in a large company.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was great! It was a very productive environment but not too quiet. There was a good community of people in the office so everyone was in good spirits and got on very well. Everyone went to the canteen for lunch together in order to socialise for a bit.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation of the placement was superb! I never had any issues throughout my time with the company and had no troubles. Graduate buddies were also allocated to each intern in order to help with any questions on the placement, the company, the graduate scheme or any other concerns. There were sessions arranged at the end of placement to help us with future applications and cvs which was really useful. It felt like a well-thought out scheme rather than just the placement itself.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company has lots of initiatives to encourage employees to learn and develop within the company. I was also lucky enough to go abroad with the company to attend a supplier meeting to do with the project I was given. It was a great experience to go to this meeting and to learn about the relationships with companies and their suppliers.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are many opportunities to go back to Johnson & Johnson as a graduate. There are many companies that are part of Johnson & Johnson all over the world so there are no shortages of options of companies you could go back to. We were told that having worked with LifeScan for a summer would stand us in a very good place for getting a position on the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good social scene amongst other interns and a couple of us kept in touch after leaving the company.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home during my time on the placement so I am not too sure of how expensive an area it is to live in. The cost of socialising is fairly cheap and as far as I'm aware the cost of living is not too expensive. Getting accommodation for just the summer may be tricky for students who aren't from the area already though.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I didn't really take advantage of the nightlife while on this placement.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some opportunities to get involved with activities out of work but I didn't really take advantages of these during my time with LifeScan.