1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I did like the placement I was working on as I found the work stimulating and the company was diverse and high-pressured, which I enjoy. My boss was a big harsh to me at times and I didn't feel as though there were always the right support networks in place to help me.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Most of my colleagues were great and I really liked the other interns I was working with as they were really friendly and we all make an effort to work well as a team. What I will say is that some of the senior leadership were harsh at time throughout my placement.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The guidance from my supervisors really varied, some were extremely friendly and I felt welcome with open arms. There were a couple of members of staff that could be unhelpful when you asked for guidance as they were more pre-occupied with their own work and permanent members of staff in their team.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was really busy throughout my internship, working long days which I found refreshing and I really enjoyed. There were times that I felt I had too much work and could have done with an ease of the burden. On the whole though, I never felt like I needed something to do which was good.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility throughout my placement but sometimes the leading members of staff expected too much of you or did not give you enough guidance with the extra responsibility. I would have liked more help in making sure I met my responsibilities during my internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt some really helpful skills on the internship, ranging from the use of professional software like Excel to understanding professional working environments. I was able to sit in a few board meetings too which was really helpful and gave me a better understanding of what a banking job would be like.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was on the whole quite nice although I will say that some of the members of staff could be a little bit abrupt with each other (and me). There was a high level of professionalism and it was clear everyone wanted to get the job done.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised as I was always doing work on one project or helping out my line manager with another piece of work. Some times the days felt a little unstructured and I was left making sure I was meeting my own deadlines rather than following someone else's guidance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Lloyds definitely want you to do well and do invest a lot of time into their internships. Sometimes I felt as though a little more training could have helped me in certain areas of the job but on the whole there was sufficient effort put into training me at the start of the internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Job prospects within Lloyds are good given the geographical expanse of the company and the fact that there are a lot of opportunities available for after graduation. There are also various different divisions within the company that I could see myself working in thanks to the internship and how it helped me.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was good among my fellow colleagues and I found the other interns were really friendly. Some of the older members of staff were less relaxed but I guess that was inevitable given both the age difference and the fact that they were in a permanent position in the company.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is inevitably an expensive place to live to I had to be careful with my finances. Luckily Lloyds salary matches the expensive location so I was alright given the funds of the work experience but you do have to be careful and pragmatic about spending.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in the area I worked was really great and I managed to experience lots of new bars and clubs that I never would have been able to visit. Working in London lends itself to that. There is always somewhere to go out in London and I definitely felt that.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a lot of opportunities to get involved in outside of work which was nice. You had to be proactive about finding the opportunities though as otherwise you might not be able to get involved. There were both professional and social activities alongside the official internship events to get involved in.