1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
really enjoyable and exciting. Had plenty to do and my team were extremely accomodating for me. I was actively involved in all parts of the teams work even when the work was too exciting I still had my own project to be getting on with. I enjoyed the work as it was challenging
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is a small building next to the two big gresham offices. It only housed one other intern but my team was very sociable and we had the back corner of the office. It was very segregated but there were plenty of oppurtunities to meet and chat to others.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I understand it is difficult to decribe in detail what it is an intern will be undertaking but the information given before each of my placements was very minimal. There needs to be more information about the division and team's objectives.
Not all line managers and grad buddies are ready for the responsibility of an intern. Its sad when line managers don't give meaningful work or think that you should be grateful to even be there not making coffees.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a development journey but I don't think any one followed my progress or checked on me. It was more learning through experience and this was really up to my line managers discretion. There needs to be a seperate qualification that can be under taken which can be shown on a cv
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Not appealing at all as the chances of recieving a grad scheme have reduced alot. The process took 8 weeks out of 10 to communicate and even then, being told the recruitment numbers were decreasing is another devestating blow. There are scholars who have done two internships, have had a business mentor for 2 years and two buddies yet will still not get the graduate scheme. It's really disheartening.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Not in London. Extremely cliquey and a large group dominated the group chats. Lloyds need to see how much bullying goes on in these chats and homophobic and demonising remarks are being made. No one wants to 'expose' them for fear of retribution from Lloyds/fellow interns. There needs to be an anonymous reporting system because this and last year had really bad chats going.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living would have been fine if my food didn't keep getting stolen. I had to eat take out every day for 10 weeks because I couldn't leave even a tomato in the fridge. Please choose different accom for next year. I spent too much money for no reason.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
central london and right near shoreditch this was a perfect location for nightlife Very expensive but very accessible as we were next to old street and angel stations. Lots to do even if u didnt like clubbing. Great social scene and people are nice and the canal was a nice place to relax
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
yes and no. This largely depended on who you knew. I went to a few external events and there was one big boat party which was fun. you had to do alot of digging to find interesting external events to attend which was annoying. it would be better if it was collated and sent to interns.