I enjoyed the internship as I had a 10 week set plan in order to set out my tasks and know my priorities, in which I was then able to work through them accordingly. I had good exposure on networking with different individuals within Lloyds, meeting other interns, and shadowing different areas.
I felt valued but didn't get to know all my colleagues as well as everyone had their own work too. However did attend team meeting and networking sessions. The highlight for myself was the escape room activity we booked after work, where we got to have a team building exercise with other colleagues.
The guidance and support are there for you to ask for, however coming into a new business area and learning about a new field in business risk. I felt as though we needed buddy's/ mentors in the area we were in as we had a lack of knowledge of the business area and it didn't help having buddy's who were not based in the same city, in addition to this not getting so much support from the team you are based in as everyone has there own work to do.
Due to the set plan, I was lucky to have constant work and one main project I got to work on myself and own. In addition to this also had the helping britan prosper challenge for mental health UK. We had our own individual teams to work on charity challenges so I constantly had planning meetings and events within my working hours.
I feel that I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility during the internship compared to others, as I had different work to do throughout my 10 weeks. Although I would have loved to actually do some of the work that the team did as I felt my individual tasks didn't let me get involved as much as I wanted to .
There are various good learning opportunities, getting shadowing in different business areas to widen your knowledge and see areas your interested in within the business. In addition to this using Lynda and skill soft to develop extra skills in PowerPoint, excel, as well as loads of more courses on my learning and my development journey ( a week to week useful tool in learning how to excel and develop).
It was fairly quite as everyone has work to do, however it was nice as its agile working so people are always in the office at all times. I would've like to get more involved with people on my floor in terms of networking, and socials. I would say for advice try get to know everyone on your floor as it will benefit you in terms of being confident and getting out there,
I think I was lucky to have a 10 week set up plan, and therefore I could check what I had completed and what I had to improve on week by week. IT gave me a set timetable and I could fit in all my extra activities or events around this,
The company did invest into trying to get us to develop, the my development journey week by week is very effective in learning more, watching development videos as well as being able to improve skills such as presentation skills, networking skills, first impressions etc. This makes Lloyds different to other company's.
You can get a referral process which gives you an assessment or interview towards the grad scheme. It is a great way to get your foot into the business and be able to learn about what areas you want to apply for after completing a 10 week internship. It gives you a better shot then applying externally.
Due to moving to Leeds outside of comfort zone coming from London. It was really good as there were about 20 to 30 of us Interns and scholars. This meant the social events were really good and there was always events after work or on weekends to explore the city.
The accommodation was provided so that was the biggest benefit living so close to town and the main city, as well as the commute to work not being so far. The nights out were cheap and the different activities however the biggest expense living out was food and if you cant cook its even more expensive.
I wasn't able to go out all the time due to commuting back home, but from what I heard Leeds was very lively and had good social nights for example many big clubs such as pryzm and other smaller bars. The weekend was the best time to go out from what I did experience and very busy.
Yeah there were a few opportunities to get involved in such as work lunch with the team, as well as being able to do the escape room outside of work which was really fun working with fellow colleagues and being able to do these team exercise competing with others in the team.
Internship (1-4 Months)
30th August 2018