Involved in the macroeconomic research branch of strategy. Worked on weekly internal and external publications as well as macroeconomic research to provide a basis for the company's flagship external publication.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Among other tasks for the team, I was set a project which was right up my street. I was being paid to do what I love doing!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got on very well with my team, hardly ever remembering that I was simply an intern - I felt part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given pretty clear guidance on my work, and colleagues were very approachable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy, but it came as little surprise. I made myself more busy by doing more work than was necessary, so I am partly to blame for this. Overall the balance was good - it was by no means a stressful experience.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was clearly trusted by the team and my manager. My work included internal and external publications as well as research behind a major piece of work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Firstly, my internship was an application and extension of what I learned at university, and secondly, it confirmed that I do indeed want to become an economist.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was by no means dull, but "Fun never stopped" implies that non-work fun got in the way of hard work, and it didn't. It was a working environment - people weren't fooling about or distracting me by chatting too much.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was well organised overall - the only problems were surrounding pay and SLI's relationship with Standard Life Group, which seemed to be a tenuous one. It was hardly a seamless connection between the internship of the two sister companies.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Much effort was made to give me the opportunities to expand my awareness of the industry and the work the company does.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although the team is at capacity now, if I were to obtain a masters degree in economics and a space opened up, I think I would be in a very good position to get a place.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Fellow interns organised regular social events, and my team often went out together for lunch once a week.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is pretty reasonable in Edinburgh, and that is beside the fact that accommodation was provided.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was probably good for people who like that sort of thing, but I did not wish to experience the "nightlife".
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I was satisfied with what I experienced - there weren't lots of opportunities, but then again that is not what I went to do an internship for. I went for some solid work experience.