Intern for 10 weeks working in the people function team.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Thoroughly enjoyable experience - really lovely team of people to work with and I was involved in some interesting projects.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My project manager was so accomodating and I could tell she really valued the work I was doing. She was so helpful when I needed it but also stepped back and let me take complete control of my own projects.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given so much support from my project manager and streamhead. I felt from the start that I could approach them with any problems I was having and it was a really nice environment to work in in that sense.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The majority of the time I had enough to do and found the work really interesting and engaging. However, in the first 2-3 weeks of my placement I found that sometimes I didn't have quite enough work to do. I was given extra reading but found that this wasn't quite enough to keep me busy throughout the day. As my projects developed, I found that I was much busier, it was just the initial 2-3 weeks in which I found myself a little short of work to do at times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility in my projects and was able to take these on as my own. I had less responsibilities at the beginning of my placement, but after the first few weeks I felt that I was fully trusted to do my own research and make my own recommendations.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the skills I have developed will undoubtedly help me in the future. I have been able to build upon my analytical and communication skills and I also have more confidence in my own abilities as I feel that my projects have gone very well. These are all transferable and will be particularly useful when I am applying for jobs or if I do decide to go into a career in HR.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really friendly environment. Absolutely everyone was welcoming and enthusiastic to help/meet with me. Everybody works as part of a team and that was really evident during my placement - there was no office nastyness and everyone seemed to get on really well.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My placement was split between two offices which I really enjoyed as I got to work in two very different teams. I feel that the internship was well structured and I was able to complete two mini projects in my time at Standard Life.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had regular internship events such as presentation skills and strengths finder which really helped my personal development. Aside from this, my managers were always enthusiastic to teach me how to use software, acquire data and more generally showing me how to do day to day tasks or help with my project if I needed it.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - It's so clear that Standard Life invest a lot in their employees. This shows through the fact that we got paid accomodation, subsidised social events and a good work/life balance.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was one of the best parts of the placement. I was worried moving up to Edinburgh that it would be difficult to meet new people but the way that the internship is set up means that it is so easy to make friends. We were living in shared accomodation and were encouraged to arrange social events on a weekly basis. The graduate recruitment team also arranged a social committee which was great and one of our events was subsidised by the company. This meant that making friends was easy and it has made the experience so much more enjoyable as I've enjoyed both work and life outside of work so much.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Accomodation costs were paid by the company which was absolutely great. The cost of going out in Edinburgh and general living costs were quite high, but there are ways to cut back and this was very manageable. I imagine living in any major city would be the same and living costs in London would be a lot more, so it wasn't too bad.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good nightlife, a wide range of events and a brilliant time to be living in Edinburgh during the Fringe festival.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Loads of opportunities - mainly organised by the interns but we were encouraged to form a social committee and Whatsapp group by the graduate recruitment team which made it much easier to arrange things outside of work.