Working within the strategy team in an investment management company involved, keeping up to date with the news, contributing to the review of the week, collecting data, creating charts in excel, assisting your manager with the writing of publications and attending regular meetings.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship, being given real work from the outset. I was given 2 main projects to complete over the summer, alongside other small tasks. My projects involved me meeting with a variety of teams within the company, with the research I produced contributed to Standard Life Investments Global series.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt valued by my colleagues, in particular towards the end of my internship I had colleagues from other teams asking to see my research once I'd completed it. As interns we attended meetings both internally and externally and were encouraged to ask questions. We were also included in team social activities and networking events.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support from my line manager and the rest of my team was brilliant. My work was largely independent with my projects being well structured and clear expectations set at the start, but I still got to speak to my line manager on a daily basis and meet people from other teams within Standard Life Investments. I gained a great insight into how the company as a whole.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As I was given my projects at the start I was constantly kept busy and was largely left to manage my own time. There were always other small tasks to contribute to which broke the day up nicely. I had time to attend meetings, talk to other departments about their role and read the news on a daily basis.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The work towards my projects was definitely of value given it will be contributing to the Global series, I was given the opportunity to write sections for publications and produced charts which were used. It was my responsibility to manage my time and complete my project on time, likewise when my line manager arranged meeting for me with relevant people from other teams it was up to me to extract the relevant information from them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I attended a day long course on Excel and VBA and had regular lunch time learning sessions for how to give presentations etc. I am definitely in a better position for writing my dissertation given the skills I have gained in how to research effectively, my excel is a lot better and my understanding of the financial markets has improved considerably.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a good atmosphere to work in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure of the internship was very good, with a good balance of training, independent work and attending of meetings. We also had lunch sessions with the interns from Standard Life Group which were well organised and gave us an opportunity to see what the rest of the organisation did.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Both time and money were in invested in us, I can't think of any further training that I feel I could have benefitted from the rest of my team were always able to help if I was struggling with anything.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They seem a great organisation to work for and the work life balance is very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were only 7 of us interning at Standard Life Investments although we socialised with Standard Life Group interns and graduates.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As to be expected with any city there are both expensive and cheap areas.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is something to suit everyone.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As to be expected in a city there are plenty of things to do.