Helping with the solutions-based team looking at expanding Lloyds market share in given markets or improving client experience with the bank.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I think the 10-week internship has been thoroughly enjoyable and insightful. A key way to learn about the complexities of the banking industry and see all the sub-divisions within Lloyds Banking Group PLC. Lloyds Banking Group PLC strongly advocates utilising your time here and seeing as many different divisions as you can - so you're not purely confined to your department which is good.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Personally, my team were great. They gave me purposeful and meaningful work which was gradually increased with my development. I feel like I have made a personal impact which is due to the value and trust my team placed within me. The culture of Lloyds definitely is a welcoming and relaxing place.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support has been great. At Lloyds Banking Group everyone is happy to help, no matter if it's the 1st or 5th time you've asked. Genuinely I had no hesitation to pick up the phone to people I have met (or even had never met before) and ask for a bit of guidance
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For me personally it was as busy as I felt I wanted / needed to be. There's definitely plenty to get involved in if you're ready to put in the effort. I was involved in market research pieces, presenting work to managing directors, excel-based tasks and writing up high-level client letters so there is a range.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Again, as much as I wanted or needed. I decided to build up trust with my team with gradually over time granted me more responsibility. The culture as Lloyds is really friendly and relaxed so even if high responsibility is granted and warranted, you don't feel like your internship success is on the line as a trade off.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The real life application of the internship is very helpful for my business based degree as it makes the concepts and descriptions in academic study mean more as I've experienced them; notably in project management and accounting. The experience going forward for my career and personal life has been very beneficial also.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Relaxed but focussed, we will have a laugh and joke but there is a lot of work going on. It is very professional and progressive which I really liked, but it wasn't too intense that you're stressed or in awkward silence 9-5. A good balance from my perspective to be honest.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
They were pretty well organised, the travel is sorted quickly and or no hassle. The events set up are very helpful to learn about the business and how to succeed but also to network with other interns and graduates which is important. From my experience there wasn't really anything bad to say here.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
So one of my personal goals was to improve my professionalism in my presenting and my actual presenting confidence and skills. Lloyds banking group really helped me here as they put me in around 4 or 5 different scenarios to test my presenting skills which greatly improved my ability and confidence.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think very. The '9-5' culture is appealing and not too demanding to the extent where you're taking work home with you or spending your evenings in the office - which I know fellow interns have done in other banks etc. The graduate scheme is also well thought out and competitively paid.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
So a lot of the social stuff us interns sorted in my location was by ourselves, but there were also big events which we got involved in: the Bristol pub rally was a large charity social, there is also an annual gradate boat party on the Thames which is very good.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
For me personally not so much, I was based in Bristol which is no where near as expensive as London so it wasn't too bad. If you're travelling from further than a set distance Lloyds will pay for your accommodation during the 10-week placement which is a massive cost saving.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Bristol has a quality nightlife scene. There's so many bars and clubs to suit anyone's preferences. Plenty of nice scenic places to eat, plenty to do. I really enjoyed my time working in Bristol - the office is right by the harbour so after work drinks are always good scenes!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
So during my 10-weeks with lloyds banking group, there were the occasional things happening outside of work which was good to see but these did not regularly happen. Team lunches / drinks would happen occasionally and were nice to do. Other than that I don't really have much else to add.