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.
The virtual experience was so well structured and clear. This allowed for maxium engagement between the well chosen specialised speakers who gave up their time to share invaluable insight for us. Because of this I enjoyed the virtual experience to a very high extent, especially as all of the content provided to us through different speakers, the power point presentations and intruiging tasks, I was able to fully commit and perform well throughout the week.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual internship experience. Although I would have preferred things to be in person, I felt I still learnt a lot virtually and was exposed to a number of different functions. It was relatively easy to communicate with new people and set up meetings to get to know other parts of the business. There was a tech team available if necessary and personal laptops were sent to all interns with headsets. This was particularly useful and allowed for a comfortable experience.
I didn't know what to expect (and almost didn't go) but was very impressed by the extent to which the content was both targetted (towards making job or internship applications and the amendments that can be made for disabilities) and general (applicable to application processes at many companies) without feeling dull or verbose. If another session arises I will recommend it to family and friends with learning difficulties as even if they are in gainful employment it may help their career development.
I found the virtual experience really enjoyable. Both the Financial Conduct Authority team and the EmployAbility team made it really clear what was going to be covered, why it was going to be covered and who by. The opportunity to engage with the panel and ask questions at any time was also really appreciated. I think that the opportunity to engage with the recruiters by way of a practice assessment centre question was another great feature.
I love it, very insightful and reflective. I really appreciated the assessment centre and I had amazing interviewers who from the feedback allowed me to reflect and develop my skills for the future. I enjoyed the personal development sessions dm how reflective it was. The programme was coordinated amazingly and the having the. Chance to ask questions regarding application was worthwhile. Mariam was an amazing facilitator and I appreciate that this opportunity was available to me.