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About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

As a bioengineering student I believe it can be quite a challenge to find a placement related to the degree. However, I feel like this placement is connected to my course which is mainly why I was drown to it. I was also excited to gain more knowledge about robotics in healthcare, especially since when I first saw tahe placement advertised I did not know much about this subject.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Career Connect

Application process

The application process was quite simple. I had to submit a CV and a cover letter. Following this I had an interview in which I was asked questions related to the position I was applying for. In my case the question were related to my research process and the methods I usually use to obtain the information I need.

Main responsibilities

My main responsibilities ware:-find papers about how the interaction between healthcare robots and users are evaluated-identify the relevant papers and organize the required information-build a robot from first principles using a lego set in order to have a better understanding about the design process and the user's needs

Typical day

In the beginning a typical day for me was getting to work, settling into my desk and either searching for research papers or reading them. Moreover, I occasionally had meeting with my line manager to discuss my findings and establish ways to keep all the information organized. From about 50-60 hours onward I started building a feeder robot out of lego.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

I really enjoyed building the robot, cause I got quite creative with it. I also really liked the meetings with the line manager as I liked the proposed ideas and all the help I was getting.

Challenging aspects

The challenging aspect of my placement was organizing all the information obtained from research, as the number of papers I used was quite large.

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

I think my course was a good starting point for getting to know how to find research papers. However, my placement definitely helped me improve my literacy skills.

Has your time on placement influenced your future career choice?

It definitely has, as I do consider a job that involves robotics in healthcare at the moment.

Advice to students

My piece of advice to students

Do not be afraid to try new things, be creative and do your best!

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Form completed: 06 Jul 2018

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