1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
As it was my first internship, I didn't know what to expect and what to compare it with. There were times at the internship it was bored or my skills were not fully being utilised and there were times I was very interested in my work. The best part about the internship is being surrounded by other interns
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The particular team I was involved with, were going through a very very busy period so as I just joined want ton engage with other people, the rest of my team had to concentrate on finishing their work at a high standard so they were unable to dedicate a large amount of time to me. For this reason I did not feel as valued by colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I not given much advise from Manager, Project Manager or mentor. As everyone was very very busy they didn't have much time to dedicate to me and give me support and guidance by management/your supervisor. However, everyone there is super friendly so anyone would give advice/feedback if you did asked.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
During the first couple weeks, I wasn't that busy as I had to wait on my laptop coming in and initially there was not much work for me to do. After the first couple of weeks, worked started to build up and I was being assigned new projects and at this time it felt more of a perfect balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like I was given alot of responsibility during my placement because of the work I was being assigned had a great impact on Lloyds Banking Group, as if I had made any big errors during my placement it could have had a great negative effect as well I had people relying on me.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I received training videos meant to help develop skills like, collaboration, communication, agile change, scrum, leadership and many others. However, doing during my internship, the practical skills I gained were learning how to use excel, sending emails and improvements in communication which I do not believe will assist me with my degree studies
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in my office was that everyone was very friendly and kind. There was not much negativity around. On the other hand though, people in my team were very busy to it can be difficult to have conversations with people but you could approach anyone and they would be happy to talk to you.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I do not believe the internship was very organised as some interns were given to teams that did not require interns. If this was the case, then the intern would have no work to do and as a result, this would be evidence of an unorganised internship. This was the case for some interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
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10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are very appealing within Lloyds Banking Group. They have referral process, this is where your line manager can refer you onto the Graduate Program and majority of the time they will refer you if you have been able to complete the tasks you were set. LBG have very good graduate scehemes.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was an amazing social scene amongst the fellow placement students, as Lloyds has very large buildings in London, whichever site you are working at you will be surrounded by loads of other interns and this is really fun. They also put you in University style accommodation where you can also meet other interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The placement covered accommodation for the internship so living in London became alot cheaper as the most expensive part is the accommodation. Grocery shopping is the same price as anywhere else. However, socialising in London is expensive, for example Pints of Alcohol are alot more expensive when compared to other places.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?