1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at LCP. Getting experience in an actual working environment was really important to me and I felt like I got that. I liked the atmosphere within the office and the social aspect of being part of the team. I enjoyed the vast majority of work I did (even the SIP updates weren't too bad) however by the end I would have liked to experience a greater variety of work as I just seemed to be doing perf mons all the time.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt highly by my colleagues. With the exception of maybe the first week, the vast majority of the time I felt the work I was able to do for them was a genuine help and I was not a nuisance just hanging around that they had to entertain. In general I didn't feel as though I was treated any differently to any other member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The guidance and support was excellent, often to the point where I would even have to say that I probably am ok to work this out by myself. The buddy system worked really well (not sure if that was just because I had a very good buddy though); he really made an effort to ensure that I always had work to do and that I got the right amount of support with regard to the projects I was given.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The only time I was left twiddling my thumbs was in the first few days after the training sessions had finished but before people started giving me client work. There were occasions where I did have a lot on my plate and stayed in the office later than I probably should have been, but this mainly because I need to learn to say no to people who ask if I can do work. As an intern I didn't want to ever say no to anyone.
I wasn't pressured by people to meet unreasonable deadlines. What I would say was that although the training projects where of course excellent from a learning perspective (the first project especially was a very steep learning curve) and kept me busy when I had little to no client work on, the fact that we had to do 5 in 6 weeks meant that often they were occasionally slightly rushed and an afterthought at times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given actual client work on a regular basis. Of course all my work was closely checked, but that is to be expected. The fact that I was able to sit in on an actual research meeting with a potential manager was pretty cool and definitely a highlight.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Coming into the internship, I knew pretty much nothing about the world of investment. I still know pretty much nothing but infinitely more than when I started.
Other than investment content, the main thing I think I learnt was better communication and planning skills. In the past for example, I may sometimes wait several days before replying email, however that is clearly not acceptable in a working environment. Also, in a working environment I was forced to adapt to the changing expectations and schedules of other people (while at uni I just have deadlines and I can structure my working day however I like). It is these sort of habits that I will look take forward.
Finally, the fact that I can't take my work home with me was a nice as it forced me to get my work done in a set period of time. At uni, I often have this "I can put this off to the evening" sort of mentality.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Excellent atmosphere, the social aspect was very good. I especially enjoyed the wobble. Slightly better atmosphere downstairs than upstairs, mainly because investment have their own little section of the office which they can use to create a nice community. I sort of regret now not going to the company party, knowing the fun atmosphere around the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
On occasions I felt as though the intern tasks I was given could have been spread out better. Often I found I was having to work on a few at once while at other times I had no tasks. Other than that, I always felt I had work to do and
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot. People were always looking to give me advice and training. The company clearly spent a lot of time developing the training tasks, and I was especially impressed at the amount of time senior members of staff would give you, turning up to your presentations, asking you to do work for them etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Pretty good. A large number of those working their seemed to have been interns themselves, suggesting a good pathway and their was a clear paths moving up the ladder of where you from analyst to associate consultant etc. I liked the fact that they were very clear about the steps would be moving forward from the internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Generally pretty good. Played a lot of table tennis.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
High, Winchester is pricey
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
In general yes but often these would be organised on a more informal basis so at times you didn't really know there were going on. If I was there full time, I would definitely look to try and get involved more.