1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship greatly. There was always a balance of workload and learning/ shadowing time. My line manager always made sure I wasn't too stressed and that I had enough to do every day.
I had a great insight of my team, department and the company (LBG) which puts me in great advantage when applying here or to other places. The values if the company are really implemented and everyone follows them which mean the community here is lovely. There is always someone that can help with any queries/ issues you may have which makes it an adequate place to work at.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As mentioned in the previous question the values are really implemented and you can se that through the treatment of my colleagues. They were always there to help, and always asked about me. When given any tasks they would truly thank me and 'be impressed' when a hard job was given. Even with the smallest and/or easiest tasks they valued me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager provided me with anything I needed or directed me to the right person. Although mostly she would try to solve/ask the person herself and make sure the question/ issue was solved. Due to the season my line manager was off for a few days but she left me enough work to do and left me under very good hands - Three colleagues that helped me so much when needed and provided me with more work too when needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Balanced. Even though it changed throughout the 10 weeks. At times when a deadline would approach as part of I project I was given I would stress a bit because it was a lot of work. At times it would be very relaxed. But I would always have work to do and could always ask for more.
Even with the boundaries of having restricted access or not having the correct training I was always doing something.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a project where I got to organise my own deadlines, meetings with Shareholders, and communication stages.
When given any task/ work I was given the instructions and they left me to do it. I was always able to get support when needed.
This made me feel responsible of my own tasks/ project and feel valued.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All of the skills developed will highly help me in the my career. From managing my time and communicating deadlines, writing email to senior shareholders, and behaving in a meeting to Office and other systems, researching and teamwork skills.
But taking all the skills away, what I learnt the most is how to really use every opportunity to grow and learn.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was very friendly and a productive environment. The balance between these was amazing as you cold always have a relaxed conversation while being productive too. When having a stress day the line manager would make sure everyone got a break to calm down, or for example on a very hot day the whole team went out for a little break to get some sun outside.
The arrangement of the office made sure that anyone that was very busy could concentrate and not be disturbed and if you had an average day of work you could still talk to your colleagues every now and then.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organised. Everything was set up for me upon my arrival (laptop, email, other access, etc)
And I was given a journey pack and induction of my journey throughout the 10 weeks, what had to be done by and when.
Weekly catch ups were scheduled and I was part of the twice a week team calls where I would also have a part for me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given two induction where all the information needed was given to me.
I was also given training at the beginning of the internship which develop my knowledge about the company and transferable skills for my future career.
Furthermore, throughout mi internship I always had many contacts I could reach to in and outside my team who could help me with my development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am sure that I will be applying for the Grad Scheme. I am very happy with the environment and how invested they are in us. It also offers the possibility to get Professional Qualifications which will help me take the next step in my career in the future.
They also offer all the help and information in the process.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. We were placed in the same accommodation where we all got to meet each other. We took part of a Charity Challenge where the team where formed by fellow internship students/colleagues where we got to deepen our relationships. There were intern events where we got to meet each other more. And even though everyone is at different offices everyone has at least someone nearby/ in the same office.
All of this helped us to create relationship outside of work and made our stay away from home very enjoyable.
Also before the internship a Facebook page was created with all interns across the UK where we got to communicate with anyone and connect with those in the same location.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Our accommodation is paid for so that is not a worry. In terms of location they pay us accordingly. London areas are paid more since the cost of living is higher so LBG definitely has this in mind.
Taking all of that into account it was alright but Edinburgh is an expensive city in general so food and drinks have been expensive. But there are a lot of places full of deals and socialising offers in place. It was never a problem since we had a wage.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
My accommodation was super close to the centre with buses working at any time in case we had cold days.
The were a good amount of clubs and different variety. It was fun to see the culture and different music in the different ones. There were of course better ones that others but we had different nights out twice a weekend every weekend. But if you wanted to stay in, going for dinner or walk around was also available and many different places to go to.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. The hard thing was to choose which one to go to. Luckily the Fringe Festival happens while we are on the internship so that just added even more opportunities to do things outside of work. I definitely enjoyed many of them.
But there are so many other things. From being a tourist and hiking up to different mountains/ hills to enjoy the view to bowling, ice skating or going to the beach.