Charlotte Doorbar



United Kingdom
It was great to work with professionals from industry and get honest, constructive feedback from them.

More about Charlotte

Placement company: DS Smith

Why NTU?

“Nottingham is a great city with everything you could possibly need within walking distance or a short ride. The opportunity to do a placement year was a big deciding factor for me, I knew that getting out into industry and experiencing it first-hand would be the best way for me to learn.

"Although some other Universities offer placements, NTU has copious industry links and a fantastic department specifically aimed at helping find the best placement for you. I was also impressed with the ongoing success of previous students on the course and I decided I wanted a slice of that success!

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

“In second year with Nestlé, we were set a project to design a new Aero chocolate and packaging that would make the experience last longer, also taking inclusive design into consideration.

“The project was a live competition to win a few days visit to Nestlé York PTC where we did a presentation to all the staff and had prototypes of our chocolates and packaging made. Each week a few representatives came to run sessions with us to help us progress with the project. It was great to work with professionals from industry and get honest, constructive feedback from them.

How did you spend your placement year?

“I undertook my placement with a leading European packaging company, DS Smith, in Belper. I spent 16 months in the job where I had a range of tasks to undertake on a daily basis. I also worked on several projects for blue chip companies like Nestlé, Mondelez and KP.

“I liaised with customers to make sure that we always met their needs and I learnt so much about business and manufacturing. The placement was invaluable. I was able to network with a range of industry professionals who have already helped me in my final year of study and will hopefully help me in the future.”

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