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I really enjoyed my internship. I gained an in-depth understanding of the business and valuable experience of working in a large company. I also felt that the work I did gave me an opportunity to meet people from all parts of the business and learn about the business as a whole
At first I strugggled to settle into the "office" environment and find my feet. However once a proper work plan was in place and I got myself to grips with the system and processes I really enjoyed it and thought it was a unique and enjoyable experience.
I think other interns at Standard Life had a much more positive experience than me. I think part of the reason I didn't enjoy the work as much as the others was because the area I worked in experienced a major restructuring just before my start date; this meant that the work I was given had only been planned at the last minute and wasn't particularly relevant to HR. As a consequence I didn't feel very engaged with the work. I would reiterate, though, that in comparison the experience of the other 2010 interns was overwhelmingly positive.
The internship provided me with a challenge for the summmer. It was a good opportunity to learn about the financial services industry and take on real responsibility. Also, meeting new people in the organisation and making friends was good too.