1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My placement was engaging and really interesting. It gave me insight into a future career path that I would not have had with any other company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team were more than amazing to me and I cannot complain about a single one of them
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were always on hand to answer my questions
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My role was very flexible and I had a lot of adhoc work, meaning that some days I was very very busy and others the days were quite quiet. However, I was never bored and always enjoyed when it was a bit quieter. I do know the amount of work you do does depend on your placement, and I was very lucky to have my team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
due to the nature of my placement being in aa core part of the bank, finance. It was understandably hard for me to have a large proportion of responsibility throughout. Despite this, I was still very happy in the work I was given and I had the opportunity to get involved on so many things I have never seen before.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The drive to work will power me through my degree and the motivation this placement has provided me will assist me in my degree studies.
My placement has been an insight to finance like no other. It has made me think about what I would like to do once I have graduated and has made me realise what I like and what I don't like in the world of work and particularly finance.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My office was fun and my team were great. I would say this office is much more fun than any other financial office in other banks! Each person will have their own experiences in an office. However, my office was very relaxed and at times, due to the people, very fun!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The nature of my placement was very much adhoc, picking up work as and when it came. Despite this, my internship was very well structured from the beginning. My teams were always clued up and on hand to help me with anything that I asked. There was always work to be done!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
despite training being the most mundane part of my placement, it did provide me with a good basis for my knowledge. a notable part of my development was the workshops put on by colleagues that were incredibly intuitive and interesting. My only recommendation would be for them to be held earlier on in the internship not at the end.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Lloyds have supported me throughout university, offering me two internships I have nothing bad to say about the organisation. Lloyds is unique in its lax ethos that is more centred around collaboration rather than competition, which enables better friendships and a much more comfortable atmosphere. Lloyds is lax in not a lazy way but in one where you feel welcomed and happy to be yourself. Lloyds is truly an amazing organisation that I owe a large amount of personal development to.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I have made a good number of friends on my internship, many of which I hope to see again after my internship. It is always hard to make new friends in situations like these. Despite many interns needing to grow up a bit and taking down a few pegs, those that I call friends have helped create a great social scene.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Luckily Lloyds subsidise our accommodation, so, living in London has been affordable. The place that we are living is really fun and in central London, so an overpriced pub is never far.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, often there were opportunities to get involved with the team externally. My experience was unique in my team and I loved every part of it