1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much enjoyed the internship. Schroders, as a firm, put a lot of time and effort into each of us to ensure we got the most out of the experience. I felt challenged throughout and learnt a large amount in both content and also in workplace skills, networking and softer skills. We had a lot of training which further developed these skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The work that I was given was both interesting and of use to the wider team. We had team events and socials and I was brought along to meetings to get to know the wider team. We also had networking events and were each assigned a graduate buddy/mentor within our team or a similar team in the division we worked.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager worked closely with me and gave me work that was interesting, challenging and useful for the wider team. Everyone was willing to answer any questions that I had and I felt part of the team almost immediately. I had set objectives in the first week and the projects I was given allowed me to meet the objectives.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Overall, I was kept very busy and had numerous projects to work on throughout which gave me exposure to other teams and different types of work that my team engage in. There were times when I was not kept as busy, but this was useful in trying to read up on some of the complex content and ask questions.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The projects that I was working on were useful to the wider team and will be used when I leave. I worked on numerous projects and it was very easy to see the importance of the project and how what I worked on was used or will be used going forward
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
We had a lot of training throughout the programme. In the first week we had a week of training on the more technical, financial element and also excel training. This was very useful for the duration of the internship and I will carry these skills onto any other career and at university. I developed a lot of workplace skills during the internship and we also had training sessions with Fitch Learning which helped us to enhance these skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very nice atmosphere. People were willing to introduce themselves and assist in my projects or the work we had to do for the training session and our presentations. The people that I met around the office were very sociable and keen to find out more about myself and the sort of things that I was working on. We were also given graduate buddies/mentors who were also within the same team who were also really approachable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was extremely well organised. We had a week of training before even hitting our desks and then when I got to my desk I was introduced to the team, I set my objectives and my manager laid out the sort of things that I would be working on. I sat down with numerous people to find out what sort of work they did and worked with other teams to get a wider grasp of the general work within the division. We also had numerous networking events, learning lunches with people from the different divisions and social events to get to know the other interns. We also worked in teams to produce 2 presentations to our line managers and had training throughout the internship on the softer skills with Fitch Learning.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot was invested into us. We had a week of training before even hitting our desks. We also had numerous networking events, learning lunches with people from the different divisions and social events to get to know the other interns. We also worked in teams to produce 2 presentations to our line managers and had training throughout the internship on the softer skills with Fitch Learning.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I expressed an interest in working at Schroders the following summer and they have said that they will get back to us in a few weeks or so to keep us updated on this as a possibility. I had a sit down with my team and informed them of this. Inevitably it is down to headcount and HR But it seems likely and possible
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were a lot of opportunities to socialise with other interns and colleagues. We had socials organised with and by the grads and we had a lot of time in the first week to get to know each other. We also had learning lunches and other events to further get to know each other, including our group presentation and the soft skills training sessions with Fitch Learning
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London - expensive
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a lot of opportunities to socialise with other interns and team members. We had socials organised with and by the grads and we had a lot of time in the first week to get to know each other. There were socials organised with my team which helped me to get to know them outside of work and there was also a lunch with my manager etc.