I worked within the Quality, Standards and Risk Department in UK Change & IT.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my internship. I had a great team who gave me feedback and support along the way. There were also many sociable activities that I attended and really enjoyed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was made to feel part of the team from the word go. They never treated me any differently to the rest of the members in the team, and I felt they valued the work I completed.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I always felt supported by my manager, and if I had any difficulties I always felt I could ask. I also had weekly feedback meetings with my manager.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Towards the end of the placement when I had completed my project I found that I was struggling to keep busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I never had my own project, but I was responsible for tasks within the project.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Everything I learned, from time-management skills, to knowing my strengths and weaknesses, and using tools such as Excel will all help me in my degree studies and beyond. Even the mind set of being more pro active and the increased self confidence that I have gained will assist me.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was lucky enough to have
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised. The Dragons Den where we picked what placement we wanted went well and so were the development exercises throughout the 10 weeks. However, I did have to wait a while to be set up for a couple of programmes on my computer and was not able to gain access to the printers.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company had many development exercises throughout the placement, such as Strengths Finder, Networking Talks and Presentation skills. The feedback meetings with your manager, streamhead and buddy also helped your personal training and development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Standard Life have excellent employment prospects. They have the grad scheme, and after this you can go straight into a job. Progressing in your career within Standard Life is important to them and you are encouraged to find a coach to help you push yourself and your career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I socialised with the other interns nearly every day after work and weekends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It depends on where you go... I live in Edinburgh before I worked here for my internship so I knew the cheap places to go. However, certain places are very expensive. Being able to work to work really helped keep costs down.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I am a student in the city that I was working in, so I knew of the good nightlife places to go to.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are lots of activities you can be part of within the company, or you can organise sociable activities with your collegues. Everyone was keen to get involved.