I was an intern in the HR department. I did a rotation through all the different teams within the HR department so I could gain an experience of every aspect of the work they do.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement. I got to see a variety of different roles within the HR department and the team were really helpful and happy to include me in everything they did.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by my colleagues to a large extent. They included me in all of their tasks and everyone took time to explain what they were doing and were happy to answer any questions I had.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
To a significant extent. Within each team of the HR department all of the managers and supervisors were keen to involve me and gave me direction whenever was required.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was really busy. They gave me my own project to do which meant that whenever I had finished the tasks for the team I was in, I could keep going with that.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility for my own project. I really enjoyed that because it gave me a way of getting to meet a variety of people within the company, not just the department, and allowed me autonomy in the decisions I made.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There was such a variety of skills that I learnt at Rothschild. From as little as working in an office for the first time, to going out and making relevant contacts within the business, they were invaluable. The provided a constructive setting which allowed me to do this for myself but was entirely supported through the whole process.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was really nice. It was quite relaxed and friendly. Whilst everyone was busy, everyone took time to engage with everyone and were interested in each other. There was cross-departmental engagement between all of the teams meaning that there was a strong team atmosphere across the department.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organised was great. The team had planned for me to visit each department on a rotation but within that there was some flexibility which allowed for me to stay in bits I enjoyed for a little bit longer.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Each team within HR took time to show me their processes and weekly tasks. They showed me the computer programmes and systems that they use to ensure I could use them when I visited other teams. They were also keen to involve me in a range of extra activities that they were doing out with the office.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
As they don't run a graduate programme there is no direct link into future employment. However, I am currently discussing helping them with certain tasks a couple hours a week.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As I was the only person in the HR department, I didn't see the other placement students as much but we did do a handful of things throughout the placement.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was pretty average for London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was lots of pubs and bars.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a few opportunities throughout the placement - it completely depend ended on the week and how busy the team was.