Placement

How is an industrial placement year marked?

How is an industrial placement year marked?

Depending on which university you go to and which course you study, taking a year out after your penultimate year to work in industry will be graded differently. At the University of Leicester and specifically for the Biological Sciences department (which includes Medical Physiology, Medical Biochemistry etc), taking a year out to work on a […]

Commuting 170 miles a day

Commuting 170 miles a day

I’m not sure if it’s been made clear from any of my past posts but I commute to work in Stevenage via train, from Leicester. Whenever someone asks me where I live and I say Leicester, they have an incredulous look on their face as I explain that I commute in to work. It takes […]

Two thirds of the way down the line…Unbelievable!

Two thirds of the way down the line…Unbelievable!

With the Easter holidays just come and gone, I found myself shocked at how it was already April and I was two thirds of the way into my industrial placement year. It will soon be eight months that I have been at GSK and I honestly have no idea where time has gone. I try […]

Part 5: A watched pot never boils…

So you can sit for hours staring at your email inbox, your phone or even the letterbox waiting to hear the results of your interview but you could be putting that time to much better use. No doubt waiting for a response can be the most mind numbing part of any job application process with […]

Part 4: The actual interview

Part 4: The actual interview

This is the turning point of your industrial placement application process. If you tick all the boxes at this stage then you can be sure to be offered a position. But the obvious problem is that you don’t know what the boxes stand for, but then again neither do any of the other applicants!   […]

Part 3: Here come the interviews! The telephone interview:

Part 3: Here come the interviews! The telephone interview:

I remember the first reply I got from one of the pharmaceutical industries I applied to for an industrial placement was a rejection email stating that unfortunately I was not suited for the role. It was a depressing moment as that was when I thought the rejections would come flooding through and it tastes just […]

Applying for an Industrial placement: What does it involve? Part 1: Information sessions

Applying for an Industrial placement: What does it involve? Part 1: Information sessions

As part of your degree here at the University of Leicester, whether it be one from the Biological Sciences or Medical stream, you have the option of applying for a year in industry between the second and third years of your course. This is also known as a ‘sandwich year’ and converts your degree from […]

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