Working within Business and Specialist Banking Team
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed working alongside my manager and colleagues in the team. However, I found that I didn't like the office environment and don't think I am suited to it. Some of the tasks I completed were interesting but the majority of the work was mundane. On the whole I was able to focus myself and complete tasks.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The colleagues in my team were supportive, caring and helpful. My manager met with me weekly and provided advice and guidance on a variety of professional and personal circumstances. There is a strong pastoral system within the team and the team constantly caught up with me to check how I was keeping and my progress. We had team outings together and I felt valued and part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager always took time to listen to my questions and help where I needed it most. At all times she was professional, patient and highly understanding of my youth and inexperience. She never belittled me or make me feel incompetent. She took opportunities to teach me from my mistakes and was highly courteous and direct ant the same time.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were busier periods than other, but on the whole I was busy for the majority of my placement. I would arrive at work for 9 and work to 5. On a couple of occasions I had to late but was given time of in lieu of this. A balanced programme.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a variety of tasks which were part of wider team projects. I was instructed on the task but often given room to work on and present any data in any way which I saw fit. I felt trusted by my team and was confident that they were pleased with my work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The placement allowed me to gain both personal and professional skills. I have matured so much through this experience. The placement made me realise that I want to pursue an alternative path to that which I'm currently on. However, the amount of transferrable and professional skills I have gained are invaluable and will prepare me for any future role or studies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I had good conversations with the colleagues I sat with. Often, we would take short breaks and chat together. On the whole, the office was quite quiet. People tended to work on and didn't always like to be interrupted. I enjoyed sitting with my manager and the two other colleagues but on the whole the office was quite quiet.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very good. I felt informed of the process at all stages. My manager met with me weekly and checked that the various target and deadlines we had set, and those set by Lloyds had been completed and were on track. I was kept informed by emerging talent as well and benefited from the information they provided.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I gained so much. At the beginning of my placement, my manager and I set various goals and skills I wished to take away from the placement. We met weekly to check progress on these. She allowed me to work with colleagues across other teams and gain as much experience as I wanted.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have decided to apply to study medicine. For this reason, Lloyds will not be considered as an appropriate employer. I think that this is a fantastic organisation with so much to offer. There are so many roles and continual levels of professional development and investment by the Business... just not for me!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were highlights and lowlights to the experience. With the interns there were differing personalities and differing interests. This meant often that I didn't socialise as much with them. My colleagues in my team were often returning home to family in the evenings but on a few occasions we went for dinner.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Edinburgh is a beautiful city but is slightly more expensive than my home city. This is no doubt due to the amount of tourists that come to stay and of course, due to the festival. Prices did increase in August because of the festival but all things considered, it was reasonable enough.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I don't go clubbing but there was always such a great atmosphere in the city. In the evenings if I went for a walk up the street there was always a crowd and always a buzz. August was particularly exciting because there was so much on with fringe. Always shows to see!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I joined a local church and this gave me opportunities to get involved with something outside work. I was able to socialise and make new friends, spend time at the weekend with people and had opportunities to get involved with community outreach. It was a privilege and a highlight of the experience for me.