Working with testing and DevOps teams, responsible for smooth ATMs and IDMs work
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This was my second internship with LBG. The first internship didn't go as well, however this internship was so far the best job I have ever had. I believe that this internship has opened my eyes and introduced to the whole new part of the business - technology, which I wasn't aware of until now. It just proved that LBG is not only about Finance and Banking, it's way more than that.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Had a chance to work with few different teams. Every team made sure I was part of it and encouraged me to try new things. Thanks to my teams I was introduced to a many different people from different parts of the business. And there was no single moment where I felt like I can't do something and it's all thanks to the encouragement from my teams!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Even though I haven't spent a lot of time with my actual manager, he made sure I am busy all 10 weeks. We would update each other weekly and he would make sure I am enjoying what I'm doing. He encouraged me to try new things, which really helped me to learn new stuff and discover parts of the business I never thought exist!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The first few weeks felt a bit slow and not too busy, however in no time everything started accelerating and I started getting more and more new tasks. However, it may sound that I have been bombarded with many tasks, but in reality everything was perfectly balanced. I had time to chat with my team about everything, spend decent amount on self development and do my job on time, so I was very comfortably busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel like I had a chance to feel what the real responsibility is. From presenting a presentation to fellow colleagues all the way to automating complicated install which will affect a large amount of colleagues, I really felt like I was given the right amount of responsibility. My teams didn't ask me to do any "admin" stuff a single time, so I was actually doing important and exciting jobs.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My manager prioritized my development in this internship. Thanks to him I have started learning Java coding and so far created 2 android games! I as well learnt to write scripts using Batch. All these things are very valuable these days, as programming is becoming a part of our everyday life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great! I am assuming a lot of interns, especially if it's their first work, are really terrified about starting a job. Stereotypes from around the world that working in office is very stressful and long doesn't exist here. With Agile working being introduced in LBG, all these stereotypes become non existent here. People have flexible hours and are always welcome to take a break whenever they need it. I really experienced the future of office work!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Even though I didn't get my preferred option, when I was picking my team, I ended up having the best time in this internship.
However, I was really disappointed to find out that nearly 3h everyday will be spent travelling to and from work. I am happy for LBG providing me with accommodation, however choosing the one that is 1.5h away from work didn't sound right. I guess it's just me and other 10+ interns got unlucky...
However, if you get a manager like mine, don't worry about it too much, as managers understand your struggles and they'll make sure to suggest you some alternatives, like working from home or adjusting working hours. Hopes up!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I'm not sure if it's company itself or it's more how lucky will you be with getting the right manager. As mentioned before, my manager understood the importance of self development, so he made sure I have enough resources to develop myself at my work place and outside of it. And company of course provides you with useful learning resources like lynda.com etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I feel like I have found the place where I'd love to start my career journey.
At the end of internship if your manager refers you to Graduate scheme, you get a chance to go through additional assessments to try and get into your preferred schemes. Don't worry if your manager thinks you are not worth one - you can apply externally later on and prove them that they were wrong!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Comparing it to my last internship, this time most of the interns I was living/working with seemed to be constantly busy. There were barely any activities we done together, like socializing, going out etc. Which is very unfortunate, however it helped me to focus 100% on my internship and do my best here.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
In terms of sport activities - a lot of things to do for reasonable price.
Nights out - a lot of clubs that have free entries, which is always a good thing.
Social and cultural events - the is constantly something happening in around, so you won't get bored. You just have to look for it
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
A lot of clubs have free entries, which is always great. You can always find a club that will suit your music taste.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Work itself doesn't advertise many activities. However places around have a lot to offer, whether it's sport activities, social/cultural events. There's always stuff to do.