The job is in supply chain management. It includes auditing suppliers that have a critical risk to the business. This involves the planning of the audit, preparing the suppler and the post audit report.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship with Lloyd's has been enjoyable. The business area I worked in is diverse and welcoming. Throughout my time here, I have experienced the full breadth of work that someone in this role would undertake, to get the full experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Many of my colleagues really cared and nurtured me. Naturally there was a colleague or two who were a little more distant, but not in a hostile way. My colleagues were one of the best part of the internship.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
This is an area that I felt a little underwhelmed in. My line manager has a large team and is very busy. This meant there wasn't the time to give me guidance and support. This meant I often had to find work and support from other colleagues.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to the nature of the work, the amount of work varies based on the productivity of other individuals. There were times when I had an abundance of work, and would find myself staying late. Other times, I would be done in the morning, with little more to do. The balance isn't ideal, but I believe that to be in this job specifically.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I found that I was given an appropriate amount of responsibility, though usually by colleagues rather than my line manager. This was good in that I had been given responsibility that I desired, but not more than I should have. I only wish that my line manager could have given me more responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills developed on this internship have been invaluable. I truly believe these skills have changed the way I think and conduct myself. As a result I consider these skills to be valuable to my personal commitments, degree and working life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In my office, the atmosphere has been all around good. Within my team, there is sufficient amount of chat and a generally positive vibe. Outside of my team, the atmosphere is equally as good. Business but fun.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was really well organised for my arrival. All the hardware required had been prepared in advance. I was one of the first interns to receive a laptop, mouse, remote access token etc. During my time on the internship, the team were still really well organised and usually prepared me for the things I needed to know.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
In this respect, I don't feel as though there was much personal investment. The training was general and had nearly 10 business areas combined together.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Surprisingly appealing. My time here has been great. LBG as an employer is fantastic and the flexibility and variety within the company is great. I appreciate the work ethic and the general culture of the employer. Though the referral process is a mockery and puts me off wanting to join.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were some great interns to socialise with and a lot going on to do. The bank put us interns together, which helped us socialise easily. However, I do wish there was more interns in my office and/or graduates.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area is generally decent for prices. Luckily, the employer covered fees and location to live in. This meant that we only had to pay for food and travel etc. The cost of travel is very cheap. Food is a little more expensive. The cost of drinks is higher than I'd like, but this depends on the time of year as the Edinburgh fringe has been happening.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is plenty of variety in Edinburgh for nightlife and because of that, I went to plenty of places. The clubs are generally pretty tacky and grimy, but usually enjoyable. Drinks are pretty cheap. The better clubs are packed, and the drinks are expensive. My biggest issues with the clubs was no doubt the attitudes of the people inside. There was a strangle level of hostility in Edinburgh clubs.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a lot going on with the Fringe festival, luckily being this time of year. Also, there was a work social that I got to go on. Aside from this, the opportunity is there just not for everything. There was plenty of basketball courts for myself and other interns to use, as well as parks and greenery.