1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed working at SLA, I was given great support throughout my time there. The work I did was very interesting and I got to put a lot of my prior knowledge into use, the internship allowed me to also develop my existing skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Not only was everyone very kind and helpful, but I felt very valued as interns were given lots of training to help them with their job including excel training and presentation training. Colleagues from across the various different business departments were happy to meet with me and talk to me about their business area, which I really enjoyed as I got to see all aspects of SLA's business.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My team and managers were great at supporting me and explaining the tasks I should complete and giving me insight as to what they do on the day-to-day. I would have regular catch-ups with my manager which was very useful as I could express any concerns and let him know any ideas about processes or tasks I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally, I had a good amount of work to complete, however there were a few days with IT issues that meant I couldn't do any work. I never felt to stressed out by deadlines as I usually had a good amount of time to complete them.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel as if I was given a good amount of responsibility during my placement. I was given time to manage my schedule and work on tasks for myself and the team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The additional training intern sessions will be great for presentations and coursework throughout my final year of university and beyond in my future career. I think I improved my communication and time management skills at Standard Life Aberdeen, which will better my future career. Finally, I learnt a lot about an Operations department, asset management industry and what it is like working in a business as a whole.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was friendly, people were very willing to help and I felt very welcomed and part of the team from the start of my internship.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised, could not fault the experience. Right from the interviews to the final day, everything was communicated to me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was weekly training sessions such as goal setting, presentation skills, communication skills and excel training. As an intern, this allowed me to feel valued, helped me meet other interns and most of all enhance my skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The graduate program sounds very worthwhile, it gives the graduate experience in 4 different teams within their chosen department
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Great! The other interns were really fun, we hung out after work and it was a fun social scene. There were about 30 interns so it was great to meet a lot of new people.
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?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were various networks within SLA you could join, that put on educational and fun events.