The insight was split into 2 days. The first day involved learning about the various divisions within the Financial Conduct Authority through presentations given by employees. For example, talks from FCA employees within the Wholesale Enforcement and Market Oversight divisions. The first day also featured guidance from FCA graduates on how to tackle the assessment centre on day 2. The second day was the assessment centre consisting of: a written activity, a 45 minute interview and case study style activity.
Learning about the FCA and its role in the Financial Services, with welcomes from senior members of the team. We then learned about different stages of the Assessment Centre and how to do well in it, before the Assessment Centre was held on the second day.
The spring internship overall was a very insightful experience full of useful information about the regulator, panels with carefully selected employees in both senior and junior positions and personal development sessions. We were able to take part in a real assessment centre on the second day that included presenting to a manager for a chance to get on the 10-week internship at the FCA. We received useful feedback on the third day with personal and career development tips also. My desire to join the public sector within finance services has increased.
Listening to a panel of black women talking about their experiences whilst working in the FCA and within the financial services industry. Different talks about interviews, CVs and cover letters. Able to attend an assessment centre as well and was given feedback on our performance
Day 1: An introduction to the FCA and a chance to speak to other employees at the FCA. At the end of the day, we were given a breakdown of how the assessment centre will be done Day 2: Assessment centre - a written assignment, an interview and a brief Day 3: Assessment Centre reflections and personal development session
The first day included networking with different black women in the FCA and also sessions on how to succeed at the assessment centre stage. The second day included an assessment centre which could possibly lead to an internship for next summer. The third day is mainly about personal development and assessment centre reflection.
First day was a welcoming and introduction day and prep for the assessment centre on day 2. Second day was the assessment centre that lasted for 4 hours it included a written assessment, interview and presentation. Third and final day was rounding up, general feedback on tasks, panel and next steps.
The experience was comprised of various talks, presentations and open discussions. Topics included careers within the FCA, Interview tips, CV workshops and many more. The experience also included an Assessment Centre where successful candidates would be offered a summer internship.
The programme was very insightful and it was refreshing to see employees and fellow students who look like me. The first day involved understanding more about the assessment centre and how to prepare, with employees providing useful tips. The day also had a section where questions could be asked to graduates and employees. The second day was the assessment centre which ran smoothly. Final day we looked at feedback and had development sessions.
The first and last days were both extremely educational and insightful. We asked questions and received invaluable information from an array of graduates to more senior employees at the FCA. This ranged from interview experience and tips to life lessons, motivation and self-confidence. In the middle day we had an assessment centre for which we are going to received personal, specific feedback. Truly a unique, priceless experience run by a fantastic team.
The programme is structured over the 3 days like this: - day one you get to learn from and speak with members of organisations. The activities are mostly focused on building a solid understanding of what the companies values and objectives are. - day 2 is assessment day - day 3 you have the chance to receive feedback on your performance in the assessment and ask further self development question to members of the team.
Gained in-depth information on the role of the FCA in regulating the financial markets and promoting competition between businesses. Given the opportunity to speak to current employees ranging from executive, associate and graduate level about their experiences of being a black individual working in the financial services. Participated in an assessment centre and was given feedback of the groups performance and areas we could improve on.
The first day of the programme consisted of an introductory talk from Sheldon Mills. Next was a chance to speak to graduates at the FCA, who kindly fielded our questions and gave us their experiences. We then prepared for the assessment centre that came the following day, comprising of a written exercise, interview and briefing exercise. To finish, we were given several skill-based sessions from expert professionals, relating to general employability and self-management.
The black future programme provided by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) hs been such a rewarding experience through useful insights and templates provided by current FCA employees. Particularly, the growing representation of black professionals within the organisation was very inspiring for myself. On a day to day basis we were informed of the company's operations, mission and goals. The next day was made of the assessment centre (written exercise, interview, and presentation), which was extremely challenging. Lastly, the final day was orientated around reflections, areas for improvement and rewarding insights/advice from the panel members.