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Lloyds Banking Group Graduate Scheme Review

  • Work/Life Balance

  • Practical Skills Learnt

  • Live Up To Expectations

When did you start working at Lloyds and what is your role?

I started on the grad scheme in September 2011 and was placed in Bristol for my first year in Financial Control within Commercial Banking Finance.

What sort of jobs are involved in your role?

This role is an accountancy based one which includes month end reporting, performing month end reconciliations and posting journals in to the general ledger.

What do you find the most challenging parts of your job?

The most challenging part was moving out of London where I lived and the phase of changing from living a university lifestyle to going straight into a work environment, was a shock to the system.

I am also doing my CIMA qualification and there is nothing harder than a long day at work before realising you need to pick up the books and start studying. That is probably the most challenging part actually!

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy meeting new people at work and obviously getting paid.

Do you work within a team at Lloyds? If so, how big is your team?

I work within a team of around 8 people, but our wider team has around 50-60 people and we are always in constant communication which is great.

What is your working environment like?

Working environment is good, everyone gets along with one another and the offices are lovely.

What is your personal 5-year plan?

My 5-year plan is to finish all the qualifications I am doing and then move in to a new role within the bank in a managerial position which is really what the graduate scheme is designed to set you up for.

Do you feel there is opportunities to progress up the firm over time if you work hard enough?

There are so many opportunities! There is a training course available if you would like to go on that or want to spend time doing work experience with another team within the bank because that is what interests you then they can make that a possiblity. The flexibility they offer really helps you to focus on aspects that most suit you.

What three words would you use to describe working life at Lloyds Banking Group?

Fast-paced, pressurised and enjoyable.

What advice would you give to someone looking to apply for a graduate job in a similar role?

You have to try and make your CV stand out from the crowd and then if you are lucky enough to be invited to the Assessment Centre then you must make sure that you act yourself. The firm can tell when you are acting unnaturally. 






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