1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The tasks that were given to me are all very challenging and fun. Sadly, it didn't keep me busy for the whole day. However, this is a trade-off that I am willing to take.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team is very small (3 people in total) and they have commitments(families and kids) so they are always busy in the office and will try to finish work asap which turns out that they might have less time for me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has been very responsible and we had weekly catchup to check up on me. However, my LM is not super chatty and sociable so sometimes I feel a bit awkward around him.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were days that I really enjoyed working on the tasks that were given to me but there were days that no one was in the office and I had to entertain myself.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I realised that I helped my team a lot when some members were not in or on holiday. So I would consider myself to be a part of the team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Social skills is definitely the skill that I develop the most. The 10 weeks that I was in LBG has made me stepped out of my comfort zone and talked to a lot of people. I am definitely more confident, less shy and willing to engage with more people.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
LBG has a very agile working culture. Even though the working hours are supposed to be 9 to 5. You can come to work at 10 and leave at 6 to make up the one hour.
Everyone is also very friendly and they talk a lot about food. There was one time that I was in the elevator and the employees were just talking about milkshake flavours non-stop.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My Line manager organised everything for me before I came to work on day1. So on day1, I already have my laptops/ email and account login ready.
However, it would be better if there are more networking events. I know some companies will organise different ice-breaking events for the interns/new comers but LBG didn't do as much in this area.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Since I was only in LBG for 10 weeks, I wouldn't say I was given a lot personal training and development. However, in my division (Finance) there are sessions where senior people will share their life journeys and give advices to different employees. Those sessions do motivate and develop me to be a better person.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The most appealing prospect in LBG is definitely their working culture. It is a great company to work for even if you have a lot of commitments (families, kids). You can definitely get a great work life balance here. However, if you are still young and you want a very challenging start in your career, you can probably work for some other firms and then eventually consider working for LBG when you want a better work life balance.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Within the placement, we were given different challenges and charity projects where fellow interns from different area will work together. This gave me an opportunity to meet interns from different areas/divisions. However, aside from these projects there wasn't any other social events organised by the company that can gather everyone together
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It is hell expensive!!! But LBG did organise me an accommodation in the city that I was allocated to. Sadly, the accommodation is 45 mins walk away from the office and I will need to get a bus to go to work. However, if the interns were not allocated an accommodation I would found the pay for a full time employee to be insufficient to cover the living cost in here.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I don't know as I don't go clubbing but clubs here in Edinburgh sucks so I wouldn't say the Nightlife here is great. There were a few times where I did went to clubbing and the DJ sucks their music selection is really trash
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Zero. Aside from the charity challenges. My team doesn't really social so zero.