I really enjoyed my time with the FCA. I've done internships in a number of companies before, and this experience was definitely the most supportive and welcoming. My superiors always held an interest in helping me better myself, with daily check-ins to make sure I was comfortable and on track. However, while I was supported, I definitely wasn't coddled. Despite being an intern, I was given actual tasks that contributed to the FCA's operations, which allowed me to get comfortable with more high-importance work.
I really enjoyed my internship. The work I was completing was very interesting, while my very welcoming and enthusiastic colleagues created a very enjoyable general atmosphere in the office. I felt I was involved in lots of different projects and attending meetings reinforced this and helped me to gain a better experience of what working at the FCA
The culture of the FCA is fantastic - it is open, encouraging, and emphasises investment in its workers. The work I did was enjoyable too, I was involved in some unexpectedly high-level work for an intern. However, I was placed in a division where there was very little work to do. We provided a service and no one wanted it (people were on leave). I loved the work I did, but I spent more time seeking work than doing it.
I really enjoyed it. Everyone at the FCA was really friendly and always up for having a virtual coffee chat. Moreover, we received high-quality training throughout. The only disadvantage was that it was very difficult to meet fellow interns in a virtual environment, but that is not the fault of the FCA.
I really enjoyed my internship. It was interesting, dynamic and it was a brilliant way to learn so much about regulation, the world of finance and just how a large organisation functions in general. I would consider my internship as an invaluable starting point of my career and I'm really looking forward to where it leads me in the future.
I learnt a lot about the financial services generally and had the opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of experienced and abled individuals. I also got to do a variety of interesting and immensely challenging work and so I found the internship a deeply rewarding experience all around.
Overall the internship was a very positive experience. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of responsibility given to interns, and how supportive the culture is. Personally, I found the highlight of this internship to be the fact that interns are actively encouraged to network with current employees (including senior management), which is exceptionally useful for professional development. I would 100% recommend doing this internship.
I enjoyed it thoroughly as the work environment was friendly and I felt i got the opportunity to learn a lot and get involved with a lot of different projects and even various different departments. the work was always interesting and I was often outside of my comfort zone, but always with the support to fulfil the tasks to my best ability.
I had an incredible 10 weeks. The FCA is a very warm and welcoming environment to be a part of and everyone is eager to help and see you develop. Everyone was willing to involve me in any work they had, all of which was very interesting and insightful as the work is so unique to the organisation. I had something different to do every week, sometimes every day, which made it an exciting place to work.
I was given interesting and varied work which was gave me a fantastic insight into the organisation. My team were really nice and were always available to help. The other interns were very friendly as well and was always up for social activities after work which made my summer really enjoyable.
I was given my own projects some of which I had a good level of autonomy over which I enjoyed. There were time when the work was quite repetitive and dull but in general was kept busy with interesting work. It's a very relaxed internship with very good hours if that's what your looking for.
Overall, I thought the internship was good. The development sessions provided by Human Resources, such as the various Lunch & Learns put on, provided a good opportunity to learn other parts of the organisation, and the other interns were all very friendly. However, I was frustrated regarding the department I was allocated and found very little help in trying to move from the team (meaning I had to stick with it throughout the duration of the internship).
I really enjoyed working for the Financial Conduct Authority. I was placed in my first choice of department - Strategy and Competition - and liked my time there. I felt that the work was challenging and that I was being stretched and pushed to excel. The offices are a really good environment to work in.
Overall I enjoyed the experience. The work could occasionally be quite dull, especially at the beginning, but when given meaningful work to do (eg casework) I found this much more enjoyable. I think it also depends on your team as some of the interns were given more responsibility, and therefore enjoyed the experience more, than others.
Great flexibility to see all aspects of the FCA. Everyone who works at the FCA is helpful and willing to give you some of there time, so there is never a question left unanswered. Work is varied and you can really make it your own, so you really make a difference whilst on your internship.