1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was placed in the brand communications team which worked on how we communicated with the general public through advertisements and social media. I was also presented with a lot of things to do outside of the office. for example, I was able to attend multiple events such as Unbound London.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was able to get a long with my team very quickly, I feel like the fact that the average age of everybody in my team were younger than the average team. I felt like everyone who worked in the team was easy to approach and were always able to spend a quick 15 minutes with me no matter what.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had week progression meetings where I would show my deliverables week on week was also told on how to improve and become more efficient and effective in how I worked. I was able to have insightful conversations with the senior managers in my team which was a very unoque and helpful experience.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This is quite hard to determine as some weeks I had more work to do, however I could understand the rationale behind this as there is only so much work I could do for the team. if there was no work to do for the team there is many online courses that I was able to do
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like I was given a lot of responsibility, especially towards the end of the internship - I never felt like was being chucked into the deep end at any point during my time at Lloyds Banking Group. Some deliverables included co-leading a multi channel advertising campaign, and working on the social media for the bank.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was able to develop mainly stakeholder management. In my department we had to work closely with creative agencies and other senior stakeholders in the company. Also, being able to understand the wider strategic Marketing plan of Lloyds Banking Group allowed me to understand cooperate marketing. However, due to the nature of the internship it had little relevance to my degree
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The overall atmosphere of the office that I worked in was quite positive, I felt like there were many attempts that the wider office took to make the space an inclusive environment to work in with many opportunities to get to know their colleagues and maintain an healthy work-life balance
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The intial set up of the internship was good until the interns were told that we would have to take an assessment centre if we wanted to be referred onto the graduate program after having being told different at the start of the internship. I felt like this was an rushed attempt to reduce the amount of graduates taken on for the 2020 cohort.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I I felt like there were a lot of money invested in us for training and development purposes. this included things like being able to use Lynda.com and Tableau, which allows us to develop hard digital skills which is valuable in the work place. Also, we were able to travel to different events.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
We would have to take an assessment centre if we wanted to be referred onto the graduate program after having being told different at the start of the internship. I don't feel like I have a chance of being able to progress onto the graduate scheme despite my efforts during my internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very expensive as I lived in central London, however the company paid for our living costs and we were only a walking distance from the offices which is a big bonus for the internship. On the other hand, socialising can be very expensive compared to other parts of the country
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
It was average, I feel like this varies depending on what team you are in