1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have enjoyed my internship in Data services because of the people in my team and the other interns I have been able to meet and work with. The best part has probably been the internship challenge which involved a trip to London for a presentation on a case study we were given and how the bank could help with the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have felt very valued by my colleagues as they have given me a fair amount of work to do which I have been able to learn and improve on. There have been many opportunities to meet other colleagues and find out more about other areas of the bank which they have helped with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I think I have been given a lot of support by my manager and supervisor as I have felt comfortable asking for help whenever necessary and have had many check-ins and meetings with them where they have asked how I have been finding the internship and what I would like to do.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would how busy I was varied by week as when I was given more project type work, this took longer to complete, where as when this was finished I was doing smaller tasks, which meant I was less busy. However, I did also have different intern challenges to get involved with outside of my team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was allowed to work somewhat autonomously, in that I have been given tasks and allowed to work through them at my own pace, rather than being given strict deadlines, so felt responsible to complete tasks promptly and to a good standard. I did not find the tasks especially difficult though after I was shown what to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As I am studying economics, my experience of working for Lloyds will assist me in my degree studies as I can see how what I learn about it works from the inside! The potential to get onto the Grad scheme also gives me a goal to work towards which is good!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I would say my team were very friendly and the overall atmosphere in the office was a lot more relaxed than I had expected. Full time staff are not expected to work more than 35 hours per week, with many doing compressed hours over a 4 day week and almost everyone wears casual clothes.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would say the organisation of the internship was very good as we were given a comprehensive on-boarding process, so I did have some idea of what to expect when I started. I know for the people on a second year internship, there was a lack of organisation about referrals onto the grad scheme, but this was not relevant to me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think the company has invested a lot in me as I have been given a very generous wage and taken up a lot of my colleagues time! I found the mandatory training quite boring as it was long and very repetitive, but in terms of my development throughout the tasks on my internship this has been very beneficial.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think the Grad scheme the company offers sounds very good for future employment prospects and my career, but I do not know that much about the details of this. The internship I have done will look great on my CV though and hopefully help my chances of getting onto this!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes! There were around 20 interns based in Bristol over the ten weeks and although I feel like the company could have done more to initially put us in touch with each other and given us more opportunities for social events, we were able to organise meeting up and going for drinks etc. with each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I am studying at Bristol University anyway, so already knew what the cost of living and socialising in the area would be like, as a relatively expensive city. However, after work there are many drinks offers in nearby bars, such as 2 for 1 drinks, so compared to London for example, I would say it was reasonably affordable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again, as I am at Bristol Uni I know what the nightlife is like - amazing! I have been to other cities and have not really found many other places that can compare with the variety and scale of what Bristol has to offer. There is something to do every night, if you want to.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some opportunities to get involved in such as a Charity Pub Crawl, but not many interns were able to get involved with this as we were not very well informed. There was other stuff like football matches but I think that after working full time, most people preferred to go home after work!