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Overall, I really enjoyed the placement. It was very nice to be able to actually enjoy coming into my place of work. I was made to feel welcome and also felt like I actually contributed to Standard Life through my project. The internship is very well organised which impressed me a lot.
I was placed in an exciting new area of the business which gave me an opportunity to add real value to the company. The internship programme was run very well, with a great deal of social events and help for interns when they needed it. However, I believe the new nature of my team (it had existed for less than a year) meant that I could be left with too much or too little to do, depending on the day. I was also left completely alone by team on certain days as there was no one in the office to help me, and the weekly 1:1s I was scheduled to have happened only four times in total. I thoroughly enjoyed the work I was set and the social aspect of the internship, but I feel like I was put into a team that couldn't cater for me, and at times I felt like more of a hassle than a member of the team.
Overall the experience of doing an internship at Standard Life Investment was a great opportunity to get new insights into the area of Change and Project Management. We were given access to all documentation and project process documents so that it was not just possible to gain valuable information for our own project for those 5 weeks at Standard Life Investment but at the same time to broaden the horizon of Project Management as a whole. What I liked most was the attention given to us during those 5 weeks and especially the time employees shared with us to help us progress in our project.
I did enjoy my internship in Standard Life Investment, people were really open to meet, discuss, give insights, to collaborate with our student project that at the end was something that will benefit them also. It was not perfect, because also there are cultural differences, I come from a different country and sometimes that didn't make me feel so much "fitted" but is a personal part of enjoying it, but as far as the company's part they did ensure we enjoy and feel welcomed, and no distinctions for being an intern.
I really enjoyed my placement, it gave me the opportunity to use the skills I had developed through my economics degree at university and gave me a real insight into the financial sector - particularly investment management. I was given a very good degree of support but also had the opportunity to work independently on two projects.
I really enjoyed my time at Standard Life--I was a couple of projects (mainly analysis-related) and was able to take these in my own direction. I was given responsibility for reporting on my results back to third-parties. Everyone I met was extremely friendly and helpful and it seems like a great place to work. Overall, the ten weeks were really informative and really broadened my horizons. My work was engaging, and so each day went past quickly.
The internship has given me a great insight into the day-to-day operations of Standard Life. The most enjoyable element has definitely been the diverse nature of the job - in the sense that you meet various people within Operations and undertake more than one project.
I would say that overall I very much enjoyed my time here. It took a couple of weeks to settle in but when I did I found myself in an incredibly friendly team that I think reflected the positive working culture at Standard Life. I was working on a technically complex task which was very excel-heavy, and it might have been nice to have had some other tasks to provide some diversity, but it was nice to deliver a full and business-important piece of work at the end of the internship. I also enjoyed being part of the intern community.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 10 week internship at Standard Life. From day one I was given meaningful work to do with plenty of support from my manager and other members of the team. It was made clear to me from the start that my work was of value to the company andit was great being given such responsibility.
I really enjoyed it. I was given lots of work and made to feel valued by my team. There were lots of team building exercises with other interns, so we formed a community and got to know each other really well. Within SLI, it was always made sure that we were enjoying what we were doing and we were given work that was both challenging and enjoyable.
The programme was well structured with an emphasis on developing skills useful for working life. I was encouraged to make the internship unique and relevant to me by organising meetings with senior managers across the business to hear about their line of work. My tasks were meaningful and I was rarely doing the same thing for two consecutive days.