Assisting the flash reporting and planning team with their tasks, using Excel to process data.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Learnt some very interesting stuff whilst on the internship, and made plenty of great connections which may be of use to me in the future. At times it was a little slow, or not of interest to me, but for the most part I enjoyed the experience working with LBG.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team I worked with were amazing and really friendly. They were very helpful and made sure I knew the impacts of the work I was doing, ensuring I felt like I was a valued member of the team and that my role was important, despite only being an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager continuously checked in with me, making sure I was okay, that I was happy with my workload, enquiring about the internship challenges I'd been set. I knew I could ask for support and guidance at any point and it would not be a problem. Other members of the team in management roles were also very friendly and supportive.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For the most part I had a very comfortable workload, with enough for me to be happy but not enough to be particularly busy. Some days I did feel very busy, juggling multiple tasks, and other days it felt like I had no work at all to complete, so it did vary from day to day.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was responsible for a couple of processes which seemed quite important to the team and I enjoyed having the responsibility and ownership of such a task, as it made me feel valued as a colleague and that the work I was doing really mattered, rather than being given simple small tasks that don't make much difference.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Whilst on the internship my Excel and PowerPoint skills were developed to a much higher level, and both of these have a direct impact on my course as I have to use Excel to process data and PowerPoint when creating presentations, and are likely to be required in any future career. Furthermore, I developed my people skills, which are crucial at university and more generally in life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a really laid back atmosphere, with a fairly casual dress code allowing for personal comfort. Everybody I encountered was really friendly, creating a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Twice a week we had fruit baskets delivered for everyone to help themselves too, there was free hot drinks and cold water available, as well as a coffee shop, and there was a ping pong table available as well. It was a very pleasant office environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Unfortunately the internship was not very well organised at all. LBG use Emerging Talent to organise the internship, and they did a very poor job. We weren't given much information, they started a charity challenge a week after it was meant to have started because they never told us about it, apparently they messed up some interns accommodation and background checks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
After the shambles with Emerging Talent, all the LBG staff were amazing and really did all they could to ensure I got the absolute most out of this internship. There were shadowing opportunities with other teams, spend a day schemes with different departments, and plenty of online courses and training available to sift through if you were interested. LBG had loads of opportunities to train and develop their employees.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Whilst it is not my particular area of interest and was not something I had ever considered, since doing the internship I am considering one of the LBG grad schemes as there are areas that are interesting and can link to my uni degree, and it seems a good company to work for.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Amongst other interns there was quite a good social scene, with group chats and lunches. I made some really good friends that I hope to keep in touch with. Amongst colleagues there were a few opportunities for socialisation, with team lunches and office wide pub crawls happening from time to time.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
There are some great opportunities for socialisation in Bristol, with just about every bar doing 2-for-1 or half price drinks after work and there's loads of wetherspoons around for cheap food. The cost of living seems pretty standard to me, maybe a little higher than I'm used to but not worryingly so and with shops like Lidl and Aldi around it's easy to live on a budget.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Bristol is known for it's nightlife, there's absolutely loads of bars and clubs around, with a range of genres so there's something for everyone.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There's loads going on in Bristol all the time, so there was always something to get involved in. Also, part of the charity challenge could be completed out of work, with pub quizzes etc being a great fundraiser.