A placement is a terrific opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice in a real workplace environment. Loughborough's excellent links to industry help students find exciting, challenging roles within a diverse range of organisations.
You can read about some of their experiences below.
Name: Marcus Pollard
Placement: Reckitt Benckiser
Department: Health Innovation (Relief)
I had no idea what I wanted to do with my degree, but doing a placement has allowed me to experience what it’s like to work for a multinational company within the consumer healthcare market. I have enjoyed every minute of it so far and I would recommend to everyone to try and get a placement it’s really helped me decide what I want to do. It’s an opportunity to meet new people and learn skills that aren’t taught in lectures things like how to write CoSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) forms, formulation skills and knowledge of GMP (Good Manufacturing) processes which are standard skills across the Health industry.
If you’re unsure if you want to take a placement, I would whole heartedly recommend that you go for it!
Name: Luis Santiago Borgna
Placement: CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
Working at CERN offers one of the most unique opportunities to work in wide variety of different technical fields, while being a part of the world’s largest experiments. Furthermore, the support and expertise provided by an extensive network of colleagues around the globe provide an accelerated pace of learning to maximise my time here. It truly is the most unfathomable place and an excellent opportunity for me as an international Engineering Physics undergrad.
Name: James Duncan
Placement: Analytical Chemist at AstraZeneca (Macclesfield)
The benefits of my placement are the opportunities I've been given to make extensive use of world class facilities, such as: NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), MS (Mass Spectrometry) and UPLC (Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography); working on real drug projects that impact real people's lives; practically applying anlytical concepts learnt during 1st and 2nd year; and exposure to unique opportunites within the company i.e. highly recognised guest speakers sharing innovative ideas.
Overall you get a "taste" of the working life, and find out whether a career is right for you!