Overall, I think the virtual experience was still very rewarding and information packed. Of course the fact that it was virtual did take away from the natural feel that would be experienced by actually visiting the office in person, but being in the comfort of my own home was also quite relaxing and I was not on edge as much. The functions on microsoft teams enabled all the meetings to take place smoothly, and the programme was organised very well.
Surprisingly very well, I did not expect the experience I had virtually, I felt like i got to know my group and leaders very well. The organisation of the programme virtually was spot on, there was allocated break times, allocated discussion times and allocated speaker sessions (that all ran smoothly). Microsoft Teams is a good tool to use for this kind of programme as there is many ways to interact including chat bar at the side, raise had feature to ensure everyone gets their say and also mute/unmute microphone feature.
I truly enjoyed the Females of the future programme as it allowed me to not only improve my confidence and interpersonal skills but also has helped me how to tackle interviews, by teaching techniques such as the STAR method. I feel like I have built a rapport with some of the girls and believe that we will continue contacting each other in the future. I also liked the layout of the programme. It wasn't too tedious or too overwhelming.
It was well planned and gave good information on various topics and tips and tricks for women of minority backgrounds and how they can grow in certain industries. Although a lot of insightful information and talks were given it would be easier to have shorter days over a longer period of time in order to process and not feel overwhelmed with information. It is a great experience to have from a company and a great opportunity presented overall.
It was a very insightful experience. I really appreciated the honestly and transparency that we received from those that worked at the FCA during the ‘Things I Wish I Knew’ session. I’m also really grateful to have experienced and receive feedback on a assessment centre and hopefully I may be able to apply the feedback that I received to different aspects of my career and personal life.
Throughout the summer, i had a very enjoyable time at the FCA. i was exposed to a range of different opportunities and challenges which i enjoyed participating in. I had the change to be involved in a project that would affect my entire division and also had the chance to work with peers in a community project. This project allowed me to no only develop and demonstrate skills in communication, organisation, leadership and teamwork, but also allowed me to build and develop friendships that will last longer than the internship.
I was so grateful and excited to be a part of this programme. The project manager <span>[This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyPlacement Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions]</span> and her team were exceptional. I have really bonded with the cohort as a whole and have had so much fun as well as learned so much. I can’t express how strongly and positively I feel after this experience. I will never forget it and I hope that it continues on for as long as possible as there is a real issue with BAME and female representation in the financial sector and I appreciate the FCA is actually doing something practical and concrete to address this.
I enjoyed the virtual experience to a great extent. I feel like although there was 21 of us it still felt like a tight-knitted group and I was really able to learn a lot from my peers, <span>[This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyPlacement Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions]</span> and many other speakers over the course of the three days.
I really enjoyed the experience because it was a very safe space for me to address any concerns I had and receive such valuable feedback. Being around females and more namely black and minority ethnic females helped affirm that there are similar-minded and ambitious women in the same position as me who are actively seeking opportunities such as this virtual experience to gain insight. At the same time I was able to learn about the different routes into the FCA (generalist and specialist) and learn more about the work that they do- almost everyone we spoke to had a different job role! The assessment centre was an amazing opportunity for growth and the feedback is going to shape my personal and career path going forward.
the experience was a solid 10/10. i thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience and the way it was tailored to our needs, age range and made fun regardless of it being at home. The more i listened the longer i wanted the experience to be. As a young student, i know the feeling of going to insight days etc and leaving disappointed, this experience was the complete opposite. it was personal and motivational. i would sit through it again and again if i could.
This internship was a brilliant first insight into professional life, financial working and the public sector. My team were engaging, thoughtful and made sure that I was working on my own development and goals as well as adding value to the Financial Conduct Authority. I got experience in leading on projects, presenting to my team as well as completing a lot of research. I didn't do any 'grunt' or easy administrative work that is common on many internships.
I enjoyed this placement to a large extent. The people are all friendly, approachable, and willing to answer questions. The work is interesting and feels valuable. Overall, there is a lot to learn but it is all interesting and engaging. Teams help you to build out your knowledge, which is valuable when you are able to apply this knowledge in tasks later on. Although there were initially technical issues, these were swiftly resolved and did not feel burdensome.
Enjoyable experience on the whole, plenty of opportunity to learn about different sectors, both within my division and in other divisions. Everyone was very friendly and willing to schedule meetings to tell me about their jobs, and give advice or refer me to people who would be able to answer my questions. One qualm I have was that there was little centralised effort to get us to know each other (in the difficult setting of a virtual internship)