Alex Levy

Information Systems Intern Developer

  • Computer Science
  • Southampton, University of
  • Internship (1-4 Months)
  • M&G Prudential

What made you apply to M&G Investments?

Lots of people take technology courses and don’t exactly know what industry they want to move into after and financial services seemed intriguing and dynamic. I attended a careers fair at my university where I met representatives from M&G Investments. The culture seemed very inviting and the fact that many of the people I met had been working at the company for a long time indicated that it was an enjoyable atmosphere to work in so I decided to apply.

“I enjoyed my internship so much that I decided to apply to the company full time. I encourage everyone to partake”

How much responsibility were you given during your placement / internship?

Clive Richards, Head of Development at M&G Investments, gave me the responsibility to design a user interface that all of the development team within Prudential would use. It was designed as a social platform for developers to share their ideas and expertise. The project resulted in international business meetings where I talked through my concept to senior employees which was well received by all. It was an important project which gave me exposure to colleagues not just in M&G but also the wider Prudential Group. It was rewarding to know that my first project obtained positive results.

What did you enjoy most about your placement / internship?

I enjoyed my work on the first project as social networking is a great interest of mine. I also enjoyed the freedom and responsibility that came with this project as it’s something I wasn’t used to being a student. I also enjoyed the social events and culture of M&G Investments from playing softball once a week to the summer party on the Thames. All of the staff were very friendly and helped me settle in right away.

 Information Systems Intern Developer

What was the application process like?

Everyone was very supportive and encouraging throughout the application process. First you must apply online, following this you are invited to take the verbal, numerical and inductive online tests. If you obtain positive results, you will be asked to complete a video interview which lasts about 30 minutes. Next is an interview at the London office with the hiring managers and last is an assessment centre day along with several other applicants.

What is the most valuable lesson you learnt on your placement / internship?

My internship allowed me to effectively prepare for life after university. It taught me the importance of punctuality, organisation, attention to detail and how to apply theory learned in university to real life work situations. It also prepared me to work in teams and I was exposed to meetings, which was foreign to me as I was a student. I enjoyed my internship so much that I decided to apply to the company full time. I encourage everyone to partake.

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