Helen Oakes

HR Intern

  • BA (Hons) in French and History
  • Warwick, University of
  • Internship (1-4 Months)
  • M&G Prudential

What was the application process and what drew you to it?

I was drawn to M&G due to their good reputation both as a graduate employer and as a company within the asset management field. I also thoroughly agreed with their approach to diversity of thought, as they didn’t favour any particular degree background. The process was fairly simple. There were initial tests followed by a video interview. I then completed a skype interview as I was away for a study year. Finally, I attended an assessment centre. The team were really flexible meaning I felt comfortable throughout the process.

What did you do as part of the internship?

During the internship, I rotated around different teams, allowing me to explore the full lifecycle of human resources. I worked with the Graduate & Apprentice Team, the HR Generalists, and Real Estate HR as well as Learning and Talent Development. Projects I was involved in included work on the future of HR, technology, mentoring, and diversity & inclusion.

How did the skills developed help you when finishing your degree?

Following the internship, I returned to university with far greater confidence to meet new people and take on more tasks outside of my comfort zone. It made me appreciate the value of learning all the more, as I knew that the skills I had learnt prior to the internship had helped me over the summer. I was able to handle my workload in a more comfortable way due to project management skills I had developed during my time at M&G. I was also able to think more outside the box, as my eyes had been opened to how companies were innovating.

What were the highlights of the internship?

The main highlight was definitely the collaborative environment, which meant I had exposure across the whole HR department and was able to discover areas that I found most rewarding. Meeting the other interns and graduates through events was also a very positive experience, allowing me to understand different roles across M&G more. I also loved the variety of tasks I was working on.

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