Sean Miles (Statistics, Abbott Diabetes Care)
I'm currently working as a Student Statistician in the Research & Development department at Abbott Diabetes Care. I am part of the team responsible for monitoring and analysing the performance of both existing and potential new products. My responsibilities include analysing and reporting the results from clinical studies using SAS.
One of the most important and useful things I've learned is how to balance my time efficiently. For example balancing the time I use to work on longer-term tasks and projects with more immediate deadlines – whether this be an ad hoc piece of analysis to assist a colleague on something they're working on, or regular responsibilities I have such as providing the analysis for a monthly performance monitoring to be presented to a wide range of people. I have to ensure these are clear and accurate so others understand the data and can act accordingly.
Why should you do a placement?
Choosing to do a placement year was the best decision I've made at university. Not only has it given me insight into where the knowledge from my course is actually applied, but also really valuable experience and confidence in the recruitment process. A placement year will get you ready for the working world, as well as providing you with more rounded knowledge of your course with real-world applications. It will also give you added confidence going back to university and a competitive edge when it comes to a graduate role.
Any tips on applying for a placements/ performing at interviews?
Don't be disheartened by a rejection – get all feedback possible and build from it.
Use all the help that's available to you from the careers centre and the department.
Get examples of when you've demonstrated key skills from different areas of your life and practice using them in interview-style questions.