The work was very varied and interesting with opportunities to experience other teams and departments. There was a very welcoming atmosphere. Work was occasionally thin on the ground but speaking to other interns, this was not a universal experience. I would consider the FCA as a future employer for sure - pay was better than other public or quasi-public bodies.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have gained key skills, found out so much about the FCA and financial services and now want to come back to the FCA as a graduate. The work I was doing has been exciting, topical and varied. I have felt that I am making a difference right from the start. Everyone in the division I was working in has been so helpful and welcoming and I have enjoyed the sense of community provided by the interns (there were around 30 of us!). In terms of my career development, there are very few other places I could see myself after having worked at the FCA for 10 weeks!
Overall, the summer internship experience has been fairly positive. Throughout my time, I have been exposed to real projects and help work on parts of these to help my team. I have been given genuine responsibility in the form of my own projects and given freedom to plan and design these to help my team. The aspect that wasn't enjoyable, was the fact that the organisation isn't as collaborative between teams. i.e. different departments are not talking and working with each other which can make finding opportunities and knowledge sharing difficult.
Everyone has been very welcoming and lovely and I have really enjoyed the work I have done. I have become good friends with all the interns and had some great opportunities for networking and work shadowing across the firm. I feel happy and comfortable here now and would recommend it to anyone as it's a great hands on work life experience.
Working on this internship was great - lots of opportunities to learn, and I would have been able to change stream if I didn't like what I was doing. The team I was in was friendly and supportive, which is always really helpful. The work I was given was challenging and enjoyable.
Met some great people in the 2019 cohort at the women's spring week and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The graduates were equally kind and helpful in answering our questions about the different divisions as well as telling us more about the public body across the insight week.
I really enjoyed it as they gave a lot of insight into the kind of work they do along with the work culture of the company. It felt as though the information they were giving was very valuable. However, there was a lot of presentations and being talked to and not much activity. I thought that each day will be filled with working with different people in the different divisions.
I really enjoyed it as they gave a lot of insight into the kind of work they do along with the work culture of the company. It felt as though the information they were giving was very valuable. However, there was a lot of presentations and being talked to and not much activity
I was given lots of genuine case work, which gave me a real insight into the work of the Enforcement division at the FCA. I also completed shadowing in other divisions which has given me first hand experience of the Financial Conduct Authority, as well as different parts of the Financial Services Industry.
I really enjoyed my 10 weeks working at the FCA. Working on a market study meant I had good exposure to a main financial industry (insurance broking) and so I could learn a lot of transferable skills. I thought the atmosphere was really good, with everyone being friendly and keen to chat about anything whilst I really got on well with the other interns. Also, the work-life balance is excellent.
I did enjoy my work placement at the Financial Conduct Authority very much. It was my first experience of work in the public sector and I could not have had a better start. The work environment and colleagues were very welcoming and contributed to the positive vibe that lasted all summer!
I really enjoyed it. I had challenging work and learnt a lot about the organisation, both in my home team and with week long stints in two other departments. I felt like I had ownership of my own work but also plenty of support and time from my colleagues to find the resources I needed.
My placement at the FCA was by far the most enjoyable internship I've had. The work was stimulating, as it involved considering a wide range of issues and stakeholders, given the FCA's unique industry position. I was given the opportunity to develop skills, industry knowledge, attend more academic-focused talks and learn about the FCA more widely.
I enjoyed my internship a lot. There is a very good work life balance in this organisation which means that most roles are actually 9-5. Fridays are a semi weekend and very relaxed with a dress down policy. The pace of work fairly relaxed too with no major pushing or pressure from management.
I thought it was good. The FCA gives you the opportunity to work in lots of different areas so you get a clear understanding of what you like and what you don't like. The culture is also really good as they make it a point for you to have a good work-life. Everyone is also really nice and welcoming.