Business Analyst role in Technology sector of Lloyds banking group. Roles included helping on project plans, analysing data, creating material as side projects etc.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the internship because aside from being placed in a set team at the start, there is so much opportunity to contact and shadow people from all over the company which really helped to expand my insight. The environment here is amazing and every single person is more than happy to help you out and keep you busy.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues always made me feel included in what they were doing. I was invited to meetings and made to feel like a valuable member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was amazing. He never discouraged me from doing anything and always supported whatever I was doing, whether it was helping out on other projects or shadowing in another location. Even if I wanted to spend time on some personal projects or learning he would always support me. Anytime I was uncertain with anything or needed advice my manager was always happy to guide me and was constantly sharing his knowledge and helping me grow. Best Manager!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I started off with a light workload but not too heavy which made things a bit slow at the start but has time went on I made connections and helped on projects with other teams including my own, I was given tasks by people in different locations and we were given a challenge to do which always kept us busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a decent level of responsibility. When assigned work it was left with me to determine the direction to take, I wasn't running anything which is understandable because due to the nature of the work it can be quite tough to give an intern so much responsibility, so given the circumstances I was given a moderate level of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have definitely developed a range of transferable skills that will not only assist me in my degree studies but will stay with me beyond that. I have improved me professional communication skills which is important in any business and job role as communication is key. I have also gained networking skills and learned how important this skill is in any career. Another skill I gained/improved is independence and pro activity.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was amazing. It was never too serious so as much as people got on with work, it was relaxed and everyone is always up for a joke around or a chat. This atmosphere is really helpful especially for an intern because it really helped me to become comfortable in my environment really quickly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was organised to a satisfactory on the placement side of things as there were issues with my placement which meant there was a delay in assigning me a line manager. However on my Line manager and my teams side, they dealt with this professionally and were much more organised in this sense.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company provided me with learning accounts such as LinkedIn Learning and Skill Soft and Immersive Labs which really allowed me to take time training and developing in more technical areas. There was also many opportunities provided to us to help us develop our skills i.e. having a graduate buddy, mentor (if need be).
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a very great referral process provided to interns which increase chances of future employment with Lloyds. The schemes available are very diverse and cater to all areas possible meaning there is something for everyone. With great benefits and pay this appeals greatly to anyone on the internship which encourages interns to work hard towards this.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene amongst my fellow intern colleagues was amazing because we all connected really well at lunchtimes and out of hours which was a great bonding experience for us all. It gave that age balance especially for those on predominantly older teams which was really great and exhilarating, this was one of the best parts.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of socialising was alright considering its in London, it was very manageable for me as an intern on an interns salary. The cost of living doesn't apply directly to me as I commuted however I do know that Lloyds provided a paid for accommodation for those who needed it.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I didn't really go out much but I heard it was great. A great variety of things to do and also at a reasonable price which is important. There was a scene for all ages including students which was really beneficial for those who were on a budget so overall very good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Work organised many events to get involved in outside including drinks parties and boat parties. This showed that Lloyds supports a good work-life balance and are willing to invest in that as much as anything else which gives them value over other companies who are maybe not so willing to do so.