My Week at ITL – Georgina
Georgina Acott, a science enthusiast from Tonbridge Grammar School, reflects on her weeks’ work experience at our facility in Ashford, Kent.
Following her work experience with us, we caught up with Georgina to find out what she had been up to – Here is what she had to say about her time at ITL…
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Georgina Acott. I’m currently studying for my GCSEs at Tonbridge Grammar School and hope to go on to study A levels in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths next year. I’ve always enjoyed science at school and would like to pursue a career involving it in some way in the future.
Q: What have you been up to during your time with us?
During my time at ITL I’ve had the opportunity to visit a variety of areas within the company. My first day began in Production where I gained knowledge of the process of manufacturing and I was shown the process from when the components arrive to when the product is packaged and shipped to the customer. I learned how to solder basic components onto circuit boards and in addition, I got to view the Europlacer iineo II machine and how this fits into the production of the PCBs.
I spent Tuesday working alongside the Quality Assurance department. This allowed me to understand the tight regulations that surround the manufacturing of medical devices and how these are translated into the processes that the production and R&D teams must comply with. On Wednesday I visited Research and Development, here I got to learn about the various stages in the development of a design and the methods of modelling and prototyping (including 3D printing) used within this.
Finally, on Thursday I spent the day in the Marketing department and I was shown the various ways in which a company can expand their brand awareness and how much detail goes into that.
Q: What have you learnt during your week at ITL?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my whole week at ITL and have loved the ability to learn about careers that I didn’t know much about before and begin to understand each department’s roles and responsibilities. I’ve learnt the importance of how each department works together to produce an end product.
Q: What has been your favourite part of your work experience?
My favourite part of my work experience has to be my day spent with the Research and Development department! I loved the variety of things going on in there and the problem solving nature of their work.
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