Internship role in International Banking HR team: generalist position providing HR support to global business. Tasks included: facilitation of colleague engagement sessions and focus groups; Liaising with colleagues across Europe to establish one European people data source. Developed specific HR knowledge, networking and influencing skills, and ability to manage stakeholders.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I found the job to be rewarding and mentally stimulating. My colleagues were great and I really enjoyed the placement.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Before starting my internship I was worried that my input and thoughts would not be valued and that I would be doing photocopying for the full 10 weeks. This was in no way the case and my colleagues were keen for me to have as much responsibility and to get as fully involved as possible.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was fantastic and regularly sat me down for 121s. She gave me a great deal of guidance about how to fully utilise my placement and what I could do that would set me apart from other candidates.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were times when I had very little to do, and others when I was rushed off my feet. Overall however the balance was pretty good and when I didn't have a lot of work to do I was able to take advantage of the company's elearning facility.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was regularly given work that I was directly responsible for and was often left to my own devices as to how to I should complete this. I was given a great deal of freedom.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Though not directly related to my degree course, the skills that I developed during the internship will be invaluable in my future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My colleagues were great and made a real effort to integrate me into the team immediately. A really friendly atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
At times there were some issues with the organisation of the internship but overall it was satisfactory.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
During my placement I completed several elearning courses and webinars whilst also completing one training day in Bournemouth which was financially supported by the company. I also had the opportunity to visit the Edinburgh office with a colleague. This was a fantastic opportunity to further my understanding of the organisation and was great for my personal development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Following my role as an intern I was successful in securing a role on the company's Graduate Leadership Programme. Lloyds will be a great place to begin my career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Regular events and drinks with other interns. Meeting for lunch was also common.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was placed in London and whilst I stayed with a friend which made my living costs considerably smaller, travel and socialising costs were still very high.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was London so there was always something going on and a bar/ pub to visit.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were very few opportunities to get involved in activities with colleagues outside of work, such as sports. However being in London there was always something to do.