I worked within the employment policy and relations team. My main focus of work was on diversity and inclusion within our recruitment process. My team's work was varied, so it was a great team to be in for learning more about the UK based business and our international group.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The Standard Life internship was a truely, worthwhile opportunity.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very supportive and took an interest in the work I was doing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The level of support at Standard Life, was probably the best part of the internship. I had weekly meetings with a buddy who had completed the graduate scheme. I also had regular catch-ups with the head of my scheme.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most of the time I was able to organise my own workload. Therefore on a daily basis I had just the right amount of work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given ownership of my own piece of work. At first this was a little daunting. However, by the end I was really glad I could complete my work in my own style and use my own ideas.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt and developed many skills: data analysis, organisation, presenting skills and writing.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There is a really friendly culture at Standard Life. I also felt very welcomed by the whole department, as well as my own team. People took the time to ask me how I was getting on.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We were always kept up to date with key dates and nothing was sprung upon us. My placement manager had contacted me a few weeks before I had started telling me about the nature of work I would be undertaking. This was a great advantage before starting.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company provided several 'lunch and learns'. These were varied in content and speakers. However they all gave me a better understanding of the company and the general industry.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Within the department I was in, there were no graduate jobs. However if there were it would be a great opportunity.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Edinburgh in August is amazing. There are plenty of things to see in the city and the intern group were great for socialising.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Varied. If you find the right places to go, the nights out can be reasonable. However, at weekends you can sometimes get caught out by expensive bars.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Working in the city centre was ideal for enjoying the nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I signed up for the company hockey club- they were extremely welcoming!