1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at Standard Life Investments, I had the opportunity to see much of the different areas of the company during my 10 weeks here.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued. My team was quite small, but everyone was very helpful and we got along well.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I got a lot of guidance, but I was put in a team which dealt with things I've never worked with so I really needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some weeks I was very busy and some weeks I had less to do. I liked it more when I had things to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had quite a bit of responsibility, but I didn't feel out of my depth.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The understanding how business work, I got to use some of my maths skills as well.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was very nice and forthcoming and I felt like I could have open conversations with most people, which I really enjoyed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship itself was very well set up, but it was one of the first time my team had an intern and I felt like it was a bit learning by doing. In the end it worked out very well. Overall it was well set up.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We did not do much training, but the definitely invested in us having us come with our team on days away, doing the Gallup strength test etc.
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?
It is definitely a company I could see myself working for in the future, the atmosphere was great and I enjoyed my time here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
In a social sense of view the internship was amazing! Standard Life place all the interns together in apartments and most of us weren't from Edinburgh. We did fun things every night of the week and I really have made friends for life. I had made lots of plans going down to London to meet up with other friends, but I have ended up staying in Edinburgh for the entire time purely because of how much fun I have been having.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Edinburgh is much cheaper than London, both food prices and drinks. However, I have been wanting to make the most of my time in Edinburgh so I have gone to quite a lot of museums etc. which has cost a bit extra. Food is quite cheap. Standard Life paid for our accomodation which was extremely helpful as it would have been hard finding accommodation during the fringe. This was definitely one of the biggest perks with the internship.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great! Standard Life Investments is in the dead centre of Edinburgh and there was tons of places for after work drinks, but also clubs for later in the evening.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not particularly in my team, but most of the Family days etc. had already been when we signed on. However, we did do a charity day away which was very fun.