1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship at Lloyds Banking Group. I was in the Group Transformation department, in data analyst type role. I was surround by very friendly people as well as there being loads of interns in the same building. This was fun at there was stuff to do after work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very busy alot of times, therefore they didn't have a lot of time to invest into my development. There fore I did not feel as valued as I was expecting to feel by my colleagues but I believe this was beacuse of the busy period my team was going through.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was very busy alot of times, therefore he didn't have a lot of time to invest into my development. So I don't believe I was able to get the most constructive feedback / advice I would have hoped for during my internship however the management that supported the internship were very supportive.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Initally when arriving to Lloyds Banking Group I was not very busy because to it takes a while to get stuck into to the work and to make sure you have all the resources online and in real life for you to complete the task you have been set. Afterwards work was piling up and your day starts getting full.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my placement, I felt like I was given alot of responsibility. Lloyds Banking Group organise a charity challenge for the interns so you able to take charge and plan events to raise money for charity which gives you a sense of responsibility. Also for me, the work I was given was also important.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During my internship, I don't believe I had gained many technical skills that would assist me in degree studies and beyond as I was mostly using excel spreadsheet and gather information and making it look more presentable, understandable and readable. However, I was organising phone call meeting which I think have improved my communication skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in my office was that it was very very friendly. If people were not busy you could easily approach them. People are more approachable by email if you do want to speak to them. Most teams at Lloyds Banking Group get along with each other which is nice.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I'm not sure if I am convinced in how organised the internship was set-up. When you apply for the internships, teams at Lloyds Banking Group apply for interns well in advance so when it comes to the internship date they may no longer need the intern so there might not be enough work for them.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The personal training they provided was all included online. There were various different skills you could gain from watching online tutorial such as Agile Management & Scrum, Collaboration, Communication, etc. They provided a development tracker so you were able to log your development during your journey on the entire internship
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing due to their graduate intake from Interns and referral process
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a very good social scene amongst the fellow placement students. This is due to the amount of interns applying to Lloyds banking group and they place most of the interns in a building with loads of other interns so there's lots of social opportunities outside of work and lunch is fun as well
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The internship was based in Central London. Grocery shopping in central London is the same price as anywhere else in the UK. However, socialising is really expensive in London. For example, Pints at Pubs are very expensive, leisurely activites such as Bowling are more pricey. On the other hand, there is lots of choice when it comes out eating out and transport
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London has lots of places to explore in the night
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?