1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship, it was a great experience. The culture at LBG is one I didn't expect and my line manager let me explore and take hold of many opportunities rather than being strict and making me stay in one department. I really appreciated this and it shaped my experience here.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel as part of the team, I never felt like I was just an intern. I was treated the same, I was included into the group and everyone was so warming to me. My favourite part of interning at LBG has definitely been the colleagues, meeting all these amazing new people. Therefore, I felt very valued by my colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support from my line manager and team. The department I was placed in wasn't the one I actually applied for but my LM made sure to get me into the department I had myself set on and organised for me to shadow them. Whenever I required help, regardless of whether it was about work or something personal, I always got help above and beyond what I expected.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I wasn't extremely busy during my time here however, I was never sat twiddling my thumbs for something to do. I was always meeting new people who wanted me to be involved in projects they were working on so as the weeks went on, I got busier and busier.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given lots of freedom which I feel like is responsibility as it shows whether I can abuse it or use it properly. I was left alone to do things a lot of the time so I feel like I was given a good amount of responsibility and actually treat like an adult however when I needed help, I was given it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training I received was amazing. There was another software available that I could use for extra training if I ever wanted and I completed ones on body language and interpersonal communication and the things it taught me blew my mind as I would never have expected some of the things it showed. It will really help me, the skills I have developed from this internship have really shown me what life will be like after graduation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Atmosphere was so relaxed and chill in the office. Everyone had work to do and would get on with it but they were so welcoming and warm and light-hearted - you could tell that the majority enjoyed their job and weren't stressing like they maybe would be in a more high pressure environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation of the work placement was really good, everything was timetabled and scheduled for us before we got here. I had an incident happen to me outside of work and they were really supportive, not just my team but the company as a whole. They new how to give support, they always had answers and solutions to any little thing that would go on
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
LBG let me us all their software and never limited me to just basic training and development programmes. Everything accessible for colleagues was accessible for me and it was very useful. They have lots of development and training programmes on a huge range of different topics which are so insightful and a great learning programme.
Also, whenever I needed anything, LBG were sure to always help me get it such as t-shirts, wristbands, notebooks, stationary.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
LBG is definitely somewhere I would apply to do my graduate scheme once I finish university. As I only just finished my first year at uni, I wouldn't be able to be referred to the grad programme this year but I would definitely come back to even do another internship with LBG.
The culture is great and I really like it therefore would love to work here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I met some friends for life here at the internship - ones that I will definitely keep in contact with. The interns here have been great friends, it was really nice getting to know them and even colleagues, I have met some really great people at LBG that I will definitely be keeping in contact with.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is probably the only downer side of this internship. Coming from a non-London background, I didn't realise how expensive London would actually be however saying that, I feel like the most expensive part was the cost of travel not actual socialising events as any socialising event could be as cheap as you want it to be it just depends where you go and what you do.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I haven't been out clubbing a few times in London and definitely think its a good experience. The clubs and bars that we went to are all quite close to where we stay which was very convenient and there were loads of food places open near it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were countless opportunities, it felt like I was at university and there were loads of societies that you could join. LBG gives colleagues the opportunity to arrange different things, a lot of ones of which I got involved in like toastmasters, sports day events, walk the talk etc. It was great as you got involved and got to know people better.