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  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I couldn't have asked for a better placement. Great people to work with in nice offices and and interesting job with good exposure to a variety of work in the department I was assigned to and beyond.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. I was never held back from doing 'real work' or pushed on due to 'only' being a placement student. That said, I always knew I could ask for support from managers and colleague when needed - which was a lot for the first 6 months at least! Some full time colleagues - who were once placement students like me - would take time out to give me 1x1 mentoring sessions. It was natural to find friendships with colleagues at work extend outside of work due to joining a number of different Roche sports clubs.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. Throughout the placement, I met my manger for 1 hour each week for a general catch up and to discuss if there was anything I needed help with. It's common that there is a 2-3 month overlap period between successive 'generations' of placement students. This provides the perfect oppportunity for the outgoing students to 'buddy' the newly arriving students through the early stages of settling in before the students find themselves in a real work situations. I liked the open plan layout of the Welwyn office as it means there are plenty of chances to ask people around for help when stuck!


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. There were natural periods of business and natural periods of not-so-business, but I imagine this is typical of many jobs. When in a period with slightly less work to do, there were lots of chances to learn more technical skills via training, which would be required in the busier times! In all, I thought the balance was good.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. Naturally I began with no responsibility whatsoever. I started with simply checking other peoples work, but this quickly turned to being thrown in at the deep-end when a unplanned project needed completing quickly. I helped this project team with increasingly difficult tasks during a busy 3 week period and by the end I was praised for doing a good job. After demonstrating I could so well, I was pushed on more in day to day work. When I asked my manger for responsibly, I would get it providing I was dealing with everyone I already had to do well.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. There is no doubt that doing this placement made it so much easier to get a graduate job .I am happy to say I rejoined Roche after my final year at university and I'm still here in my 3rd year after! I am part time studying for a masters degree in statistics. After my placement year I find it much easier to relate what I study scenarios I would find at work.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. There is an open plan office layout and plenty of communal areas for meetings and coffee breaks. I think this allows for a good freindly culture with people always saying 'hi' as they pass by and also there are lots of opportunities to


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

  16. 5/10

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

  18. 5/10

  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Working from home

    Healthcare from home



  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. It is quite common for ex placement students to return after graduation. I am happy to say of of them is me! I now live in Switzerland working for Roche, and my current boss was also once a placement student at Welwyn, He is now based in San Fransisco! Working for Roche gives you excellent opportunities for growth an career development. Doing a placement year is a real great opportunity to get to Roche in the first place! To my knowledge there are 6 students from the last 5 years of placements that are full time employees at Roche, and there are more from even before that.


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

  24. 5/10

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

  26. 5/10

  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. If you are expecting a party town then Welwyn Garden City is not for you! That said there are a few nice local pubs and these offer the perfect place to unwind with colleagues after a stressful day! Neighboring town, Hatfield is where a lot of placement students stay, and this is home to Hertfordshire University with student union bars. King Cross train station is ~20 mins by train.


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. Roche has a gym on site and sports clubs to join. While I was there I played in the football, badminton and golf clubs. Between 2-4 times a year there are activities run in aid of the chosen charity of the year. The department I worked in had a social mailing list, which everyone is asked if they'd like to join on their first day.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


South East

13th September 2015

£18,000 - £19,999

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