1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My team was really nice however a lot of the time tasks were tedious and repetitive with no real impact on the bank. Most of the work was not anything that the main team would do on a day to day basis and I did not get to use software that they do.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As an intern I felt I was not given a lot of value or responsibility. This was reflected by the type of task that I was given having little impact or value on the team. A lot of the time people did not have time to explain things to me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Weekly catch up sessions were helpful in me voicing what I wanted to get out of my experience. However some times this meeting was cancelled and added to my feeling of being a burden on the team rather than a resource. However when time was given to me it was incredibly useful and insightful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was extremely bored a lot of the time waiting on other people to give me work. Too many times had I asked if I could help anyone and the answer was no. It was not die to there not being any work for the team to do but was rather the work would require me to be taught how to do it
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given solo projects that I was given free reign of which was nice. Also towards the end of the placement a new member of the team who returned gave me a lot more responsibility which really helped me develop professionally and learn much more about how the business functions
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Despite not learning much about how the business operates, I had projects that were to develop my soft skills such as presentations and organisation which I can take to help me in both my studies and future career. I also shadowed a lot and spoke to a lot of grads who have helped inform me on what future paths I want to take
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Office was very serious. A lot of older people were around and lacked conversation and time to spend chatting to an intern. No socials were really organised to settle me in with the team and some people I rarely spoke to as a result. Never went for lunch with team members.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was an overall plan for me with particular work for me to do but once that was completed (and it didn't take a long time to) I was stuck having to shadow other people. The first day was a shambles with my laptop not ready for me so I couldn't do anything.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was trained quite well in what I was trained in with everyone being very clear and concise in their explanations. However a lot of the time I would have to organise myself to be trained. No clear programme was in place to help me learn how to do the job
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would like to apply to their grad scheme as I have invested a lot of time in this. However the bonuses of doing this internship have dropped with them now requiring you to do a further assessment centre and further test. They now say that they like to take non scholars on-board with no special treatment to people who have worked for them 2 summers.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Working hours are really good and consistently 9-5 allowing for the interns to plan to do things together. Having being provided accommodation in London with the other interns it is really good to meet people. Its almost like another term at uni. However little is done by Lloyds to make people interact so a lot of people do just stay in their rooms.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was a big weigh up being in London which was hard. On one hand we had the money to do things and especially in London there is so much to do. However living in London is very expensive and often deterred people from going out and socialising which was bad.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was so much to do whether it be going on a big night out or just to a pub. A lot of the interns were from London so knew a lot about what was good in the area. It was very good and lots of the interns would go out together.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lloyds banking group put on an intern challenge to raise money for a charity and allowed interns to take time out of work to work on the challenge. Many people did some adventurous events and doing this was very good for developing skills and is really useful to have on your CV