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The Role

Role Description

- Customer Proposition
- Market research
- Designing an internal website
- Making presentation slides and boards
- Putting together an internal communications plan

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I enjoyed my placement here. As with any internship, there were challenges and moments of boredom, but in all I think SL welcomed me within my role, trained me and helped me to contribute within the workplace.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. This depended as I only seemed to interact with the people sitting nearest to me in the office. They were very friendly, supportive of my questions and willing to give advice about different area. Other members of my team were friendly when I talked to them, but didn't really get to know me. As a team we had relatively few socials, but I think that was an exception within the company.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. Weekly 1:1 meetings kept me on track. My manager was very supportive and friendly, taking the chance to give me general advice about the career alongside checking on my progress in my role.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. This depended. The workload varied and ranged from being very busy at the beginning of the internship to having relatively little to do at the end. Some of my tasks were really interesting, but others could equally be tedious and boring.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given responsibility for quite a few tasks over my placement. However, while some tasks definitely contributed to the work of the team, I wasn't so sure about others. One problem linked to being given lots of small tasks meant that I had no great responsibility for any larger project, making it harder to have an input in the bigger picture.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. A first experience of working in a corporate environment was great and will be valuable for my CV. I now feel far more confident in my prospects for employment after my degree and opportunities within marketing. Less expected too was the chance to learn a lot about personal finance, investing, saving and being proactive with money, which I think will become really useful when I graduate and start to manage a salary.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. Very silent, but people did chat sometimes.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. HR was very helpful, supportive throughout the application process and on-hand throughout the internship to provide us with learning sessions and advice.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. We had regular lunchtime learning sessions for a free lunch and the chance to learn about an area of the business once a fortnight. Interns in other departments got the opportunity to travel to training courses in other cities, although this wasn't the case for us in marketing.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Above 25 days holiday

    Healthcare from home


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. The graduate scheme at SL looks great with lots of opportunities to sample different areas of the business over four 6 month placements. Whether or not I'd accept a job with them depends only upon my own career plans.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. There was a great social scene among the interns and we often met up for drinks as well as going on trips to Glasgow, etc. The social scene among colleagues depended on the team and, although my team went out for lunch sometimes, I would have liked us to have had more social events.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. I'm already a student in Edinburgh and socialising can be cheap if you know where to go. Accomodation's free, but the Fringe Festival can be expensive if you're planning to see lots of shows.


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. There are lots of bars and clubs around the place, but Edinburgh isn't the best city for nightlife.


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. Yes, but it was difficult to find out about them. Some of the other interns joined a sports team, but I didn't.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Internship (1-4 Months)



12th August 2013

£14,000 - £15,999

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