1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
During the 10 weeks I have worked on numerous projects covering different aspects of listed real estate. Each one has allowed me to really engage with the project, and provided a me with a good understanding. My projects have allowed me to build a good insight into Listed Real Estate and add valauble contributions to meetings.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
This has been a great experience working with a highly experinced team, my projects have meant I have worked very closely with everyone in the team. Everyone in the team has been very interested in what I was doing and has offered me support and structured feedback.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of supoport and guidance by my managers, they were very intersted in the progress I was making in the projects and were able to support me if I had any questions. At the same time I was given control of the project.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The projects were always ongoing, so there was always somethig to work on, and the work load was very manageable.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility in the office and control of the projects I was working on, from which decisions were made from the conclusions I drew upon. Overall I was given more responsibility than I had initially expected, which was one aspect I really enjoyed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Over the 10 weeks I have learnt a great deal from the projects I have been working on. It has taught me great analaytical skills, as well as how to present and apply my results, which is something I will be able to apply to all future projects. The 10 weeks has confirmed my ambition to pursue a career in commercial real estate, and maybe specify in aspects such as listed real estate. It has taught me fundamental skills and given me a comprehensive experiece prior to starting at Reading University in September. This has been a very valuable experience that will enable further build on my knowledge and use my experiece in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good working atmosphere, the offices are opened planned so there is a lot going on and makes it very easy to speak to colleagues if you have any questions
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised, on the 1st day we had an intern induction day which set out the structure of the 10 weeks. Over the 10 weeks I was given projects to work on which also had an element of flexibility which allowed me to manage the projects and work on smaller projects at the same time. At the end of the 10 weeks we gave short presentation to our managers and other interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Colleagues and managers were more than happy to help me with any questions, offered very good guidance and gave structured feedback. As well as this throughout the 10 weeks Standard Life set up regular lunch time learning sessions for all the interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Great 10 weeks and brilliant company, I would really like to go on and apply for the graduate scheme. Unfortunately are not recruiting at the current time.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Great social scene amongst colleagues. In the first week the whole department had organised a social event which was a great chance to get to meet everybody. Also during the festival every team had an evening they would see a show and go for a meal. As well as that there would be very often drinks after work on friday. The interns were all very close and would quite often meet up on the weekends
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Standard Life organise and pay for a flat in the centre of Edinburgh for 10 weeks. Socialising isn't any more expensive than you would expect in Edinburgh and definitely not as expensive as spending 10 weeks in London
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Really good atmosphere and nightlife during the festival. The flat where I stayed was a 15 min walk from George Street where a lot of the popular bars and clubs are.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
A lot of opportunities to get involved in the sports clubs Standard Life run which included hockey, tennis and Football. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play rugby with 2 other colleagues at a local rugby club 2-3 times a week.