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Role Description

Interns can be placed in a whole variety of teams- there is plenty of oppurtunity to meet other teams. I was in a risk and stratergy team for the companies investments of policyholders money working on projects and business as usual tasks.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. Fantastic, given real work and exposure, contact and time with all levels and areas of the business. Living in Edinburgh is a great experience as well.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. Always included in team talks and socials, and plenty of time set aside for me to settle in and join.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. At the beginning lots of meetings and talks, always answered questions, so once I'd built sufficient knowledge could be more self-sufficient as supervisors got busy for the year end.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. Great range of people to talk too, meetings and ad-hoc additional bits of work from team, along with a main project running through the internship giving me the chance for lots of independent thought and interactions.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. The onus for meeting people and the experiences was on ourselves, but with full support- what you put in is what you get out, and that philosophy applies for responsibility as well.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. Taught a lot beyond degree- how to work in a large bvut friendly corporate environment and self-sufficiency living in a new city- Standard Life provide accomodation which is a great help!


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. People always have time for you, entertaining and friendly


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The assessment centre process was the best I've been through- it was a great signal from the start and that impression has carried through into the internship with line manager, stream head, buddies and paths set out for us, along with flexibility to make our own paths.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. They've really provided us with all access, full time employee + experiences, with intern training sessions, and particularly for the actuarial scheme time with the most senior actuaries to understand the scope of the company and profession.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Parties/Events


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. They've looked after us and made us feel so welcome, and given us real and stimulating work- job offers should be revealed just after we finish but very positive signals given from the start


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. Always a good laugh, and we ate lunch together every day, there was a reasonable sized group of interns so we always had people to talk too and get to know well


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. Accomodation was paid for- its like any student living costs beyond that- there's a lot of student deals, just don't go to tourist honey spots during the festival


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Edinburgh, and the fringe- need I say more, its buzzing


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. A lot in the city, and several at work- but to get fully engaged with work clubs would be better to be here full time


  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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