1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the placement immensely, I was welcomed in to the team immediately and given work to do which was valuable to the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very welcoming and people all around the company were more than willing to help and show me around. Playing the intern card is key. However there is a few people who dismissed me because of my status as an intern but I feel like that would be the same in any big organisation, for the most part everyone was friendly and willing to help.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was a nice balance between having support for the work and the internship in general but also plenty of opportunity to learn on your own as well as learn from your mistakes and grow as an individual.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days more so than others, I ended up taking on an extra two projects to keep my self busy. It varies person to person and project by project but it is up to you to ask for more work if you need it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of responsibility, my project work has been used already and will be continued to be used and improved upon moving forward.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My time management skills improved by having to organise my own time and plan ahead for the meetings that I arranged. Presenting your work is important here at SLI and so there is plenty of opportunity to learn and improve this here.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere changes between departments and office buildings but for the most part it is relaxed and encouraging. The offices are open plan, it took me weeks to figure out the hierarchy in the department. This is nice as it is definitely a team environment and the company is practicing what the preach on their website and advertising material.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There is a mix between interns of Standard Life and Standard Life Investments so the overall intern activities were good but sometimes there was too many people but departmentally all of the activities were of a suitable standard. Of course nowhere is perfect but they value your honest feedback, they are looking to improve and have done during my ten weeks and will continue to do so.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We were given excel training as well as told to spend a few hours a week on personal development. You pick up things and improve whilst you are working too so it is not all in the shape of formal training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The company are looking to grow and to bring in more young talent. Looking around the company the average age in the offices is quite high and from the top down they are trying to readdress this balance.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This is what you make of it, you're placed in accommodation with other interns so there is always somebody about willing to do something. The Fringe festival is on during the summer placement as well so it gives you no excuse to be bored and not make the most of your time in Edinburgh.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
We are provided accommodation if you live further than 35 miles away from Edinburgh. Socialising is totally dependant on where you go, there are cheap pubs with student prices but also more upmarket places.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is loads to do and see in Edinburgh, especially when the Fringe kicks off. I would recommend paying a visit to The Hive. Its cheap and cheerful.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?