1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship was great, however I think it lacked structure and organisation. Staying pro-active and autonomous is difficult when you are not sure of your position. I definitely had to speak to other areas of the bank to gain the necessary knowledge to stay "pro-active". Apart from that I think it was very beneficial
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by some colleagues and slightly valued by a few (including manager). I adopted roles which were way out of my skill set, but I overcame and adapted and completed them to a high standard. These roles were given to me by team members across the UK.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
It was difficult to communicate with my manager. I didn't get to meet him until my second week but already felt a part of the team. When I did meet him regardless, I felt he just let me get on with things as I think he thought that as I was closer to the others, I may be more comfortable. I did constantly ask questions, but when I was stuck on something, I was told that I should start asking questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At times of my internship I felt overwhelmed with the work load, but I managed to do them by allotting slots to each task, even if I was told to spend a different amount of time on it. I feel like my colleagues need to liaise with each other as they just assumed I'd have free time, which was not the case.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I would say a lot as I sought for it. If I were more introverted or reserved, I could imagine that I would be stuck with constant admin work. I was trusted to take on roles in which I could have made big mistakes/breaches. But I would always check before I submitted, and they were always approved.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Definitely time management, how to work autonomously, how to work under pressure and how to stay reserved.
I want to go into Law and I believe the mandatory training I was given really solidified my passion for law.
I do believe overall, this internship has made me a well-rounded and skilful individual.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in my office was all very high. Everyone seems to enjoy what they do and it definitely makes the internship that much more enjoyable. It was nice to be able to speak and work with colleagues on a professional level, but relaxed, almost friend-like after working hours. One of the best parts of the internship.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As previously stated, my line manager was off the first week of my internship which is completely fine. However, I started my first day two hours late as I could not get access into the building and I had no contact in the office, so I used LinkedIn to find someone who works in commercial banking at Lloyd's in London.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The training was great, I will definitely be using it in general life. It was extensive but I love learning so I saw it as a break from working. There are parts of the financial training that I can use in my degree and in my personal life, so I love the diversity of that.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to work for Lloyd's in the future. I never thought coming from a Journalism background that I would enjoy banking but that was not the case. I love working in commercial banking as it revolved around the client and I like to think that I set a good impression and represented the bank in a positive light.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was also great, I think Lloyd's have a firm grasp on knowing how to entice interns to get involved with social events, and feeling too forceful. I am a social person so It is a huge benefit to have people you can sometimes see as a friend and not just a colleague
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife was great but way too expensive. Working in central London is vibrant and endless. As a university student, nightlife is a huge part of our culture so it is very appeasing to be able to be in a city where you can meet anyone and everyone. However, I was not too happy paying half a days wage on a drink!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?