The key element of my placement involved working with Corporate and Individual Banking Managers in their day-to-day activities. Every day is different and the company also allows you to 'make your own internship' which enables different projects of your choosing to be undertaken. Some of the many exciting aspects of the role include client facing opportunities and being included in events with senior employees at Handelsbanken.
Administrative duties relating to Corporate & Individual Banking as well as regulatory work. Day to day activities will include communicating with customers (eg. taking calls or writing letters), supporting Account Managers and inputting into the banks system. Some typical intern roles also such as filing. Ultimately, you're able to take on more exciting tasks if you're proactive and just enquire about it!
My role is supporting the account manager and other workers in the office with the day to day activities of the bank, such as account management, file organisation, contacting and meeting customers, customer due diligence and reporting. On top of this, we are given a group project to work on for the end of the internship and research projects regarding bank operations every fortnight.
I am an Account Manager Support. This means I support staff in Branch with any activities they require assistance with. This includes: admin, secretarial, conversing with customers fraud checks and much more. In addition various tasks are set within the internship proggramme that we must research and feed back on.
I would have a variety of tasks around the branch which would range from assisting with both the Individual banking and Corporate banking teams alongside the Account Manager Support team. These tasks could be anything from creating payments and closing accounts to meeting customers and appreciating the fundamentals of the branch's culture in these meetings. Any spare time would be spent on a variety of projects from individual ones to ones alongside other interns.
We provide support to Individual Bank and Corporate Bank Managers, whether that would be mortgage paperwork or changing customer details within the systems. Alongside this, we work on our projects that have been given to use by the branch manager and the HR team.
Three main projects: Management Report - A Brief history of the Branch - An overview of the customer base - A SWOT analysis on the Branch within its local market - Any recommendations moving forward that have resulted from the SWOT analysis. Intern project - Presentation on Handelsbanken's products and services Branch project set by branch manager. In addition given smaller tasks by branch mentor and given opportunity to shadow IB and CB account managers and meet clients.
Completing administrative tasks for the account managers and account managers support team whilst simultaneously heading up and completing my own designated branch projects to add value to the branch. Some weeks contain specific learning aspects with sessions on specific sectors within the bank.
My aim of the Internship was to get further exposure of the baking industry and the Handelsbanken ways of working, whilst hopefully finding a permanent position within the bank. I felt very welcomed by the team and regularly interacted with them, speaking about my tasks and future development. Since Handelsbanken Branches do some things differently, it was a great experience for me to gain exposure into another Branch/region and their operations, whilst also building my network within the bank.
9/10 I really enjoyed my time with the bank. The internship itself was insightful and rewarding. I would recommend anyone interested in the relationship banking industry to apply to this internship. I was introduced to somebody from every department across the bank. Getting to learn from a variety of individuals across multiple departments.
I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the work internship with Handelsbanken. Everyday I looked forward to coming into the office, not only to be around the amazing and encouragingly supportive team, but also to be invited to get involved with whatever is going on that day and more. Despite the current uncertainties with the COVID pandemic, I am overwhelmed with the efforts from the team to ensure my experience was as full and informative as possible with current restrictions. I am so content with the experience gained and believe it has been invaluable in my life experience, hoping there is opportunity for return in the future.
100% It was the best decision I made and I wouldn't change a thing. My work placement was a year long - spending four months at Deloitte as a Tax analyst intern and eight months at Handelsbanken as an AMS split between two branches in central Birmingham. I got to experience work in two global companies in finance, both specialising in different aspects of finance one tax and consulting and the other banking and financial products.
I really enjoyed my time with Handelsbanken. The internship gave me experience on all areas of banking within the branch and allowed me to spent time with each team member to get a feel for their job role. This was a good insight which will be valuable when finishing University and deciding on my future career path. I also met individuals within different teams throughout the company to talk about their department and job roles.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending the summer with Handelsbanken, I felt apart of the company and was sad to leave at the end. The experience was invaluable in gaining insight into the Banking industry and I had the opportunity to see a vast range of departments such as Individual banking, Corporate Banking, Wealth Management and Head office roles within the company. I would highly recommend students aspiring a career in Banking to seek to complete an Internship ay Handelsbanken.
The placement was very enjoyable, I was able to go on client meetings with account managers which let me see first hand how the bank works with its customers and I got to meet a variety of people which was interesting. Working in the office was also generally enjoyable as the work was satisfying to do, but there were slow days as well.