1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the experience of working in the corporate world. This my first ever time doing so and it was fascinating to see how people conduct themselves in a professional setting. I really enjoyed the responsibilities they had given me also as I felt really empowered and trusted by the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt values by my colleagues to some extent but there were also moments with other colleagues that were somewhat questionable. Because there is quite an age gap between me and everyone else , they tend to baby me because of my age and not recognise I'm doing the same role as them it's very patronising.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My support from my management was absolutely fantastic , my manager allocated someone to guide me through my placement and we would have daily catch-up sessions where we would go through and talk about what I have to do for the day ahead. I realised this benefited me quite a lot.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was extremely busy but I also asked to be pushed, and they sure did push me. My management were always so supportive and made sure that I should feel free to tell them whether the work was too much or if I was feeling stressed. So overall I would say I was very busy on a daily basis as there was always something for me to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility , which added to the pressure I felt at times but it was totally fine , as I wanted to be in a position where I can make a positive impact and contribution , not only to my team but the wider business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am dyslexic and dyspraxic so I struggle with my communication at times, so I chose to work in HR where I would have the opportunity to be constantly communicating with people and I have really benefited from that. My communication skills have improved by me delivering presentations and chairing meetings.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere is quite relaxed but it varies from city to city. I was having a chat with my boss and he was highlighting the cultural change that Lloyd's Banking Group is undergoing this is direct response to it's tech competitors such as Google , who are really leading the charge when it comes to creating a good work atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would say it wasn't as good as it should've been. Take for example in the first to weeks most scholars across the UK were suffering from IT issues this would range from: not having an email address set up, laptops aren't working and inductions not being ran properly. So it was disappointing in that aspect , only for the first two weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I am a Lloyd's scholar which means I can get almost £1500 a year just from my scholarship with them. This illustrates the belief they have in us and they also push us to volunteer with the local community, this year we had to raise money for Mental Health UK at which was an opportunity to hone some of our skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are very appealing,there is something called Job families where you can see a plethora of job roles available within the organisation , there is a strong emphasis on being "agile" and the ability to adapt there's so many resources available. In terms of tech the majority of jobs in future don't even exist today.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there was a good social scene we all lived in a uni-styled halls environment so it felt like we were back at university. The mental health UK challenge also helped with bonding as we had to communicate outside of work hours. This gave us the opportunity to know more about each other and make friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was fairly cheap, although, everything in the city centre is quite pricey and expensive which makes sense as it's the place where most of the high streets are. Clubs are reasonably priced also but the atmosphere isn't quite right there. In terms of food we all do a big online shop and split the cost between all of us.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife wasn't really great to be honest, there really isn't a lot of African Caribbean clubs around , which means , in my opinion the music taste was lacking . I'm not really into dance and house , so people like me the nightlife isn't great at all , it's disappointing.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there was everyone is super friendly here for example an Uber driver invited me down to football long story short. It highlights there's so much activities , me and my friends sometimes go down to the park to play some Basketball also and on weekends I volunteer at Bernardos.