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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

- I was apart of the recruitment team for the Bank of England where I dealt with all types of annual recruitment i.e. Graduate, Sandwich placements, Alevel entrants and PhD's and I was given the responsibility to run and manage various aspects. I also took part in the selection centres which included interviewing candidates and administering different selection centre events. - I also got involved in experienced hire recruitment and day-to-day tasks.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed my year at the Bank of England, I was given amazing opportunitiese and responsiblities. I felt very valued within my role.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I had a very strong relationship with my team, I was welcomed into the team from the very beginning and was given support throughout all of my tasks. My line manager was a very good mentor and we became good friends during my time at the Bank of England.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was fully trainined for my role before starting any tasks and I had a constant support network that would help me if I became stuck. Everyone was happy to help.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was given a lot of work to do on a daily basis but not so much that I got stressed out with the workload. I had a good balance of work so that everyday was different. I never found myself looking for more work.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given alot of responsibility. I was given annual rounds that I was responsible for organising and monitoring to ensure everything ran smoothly. I was trusted to interview candidates from all different levels and was exposed to senior management regularlly.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I feel that the skills that I have learnt from the Bank of England will help with my final year at university and in my current internship role. I have developed skills for life and have learnt alot from members of the team that I worked in.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The office was open planned and everyone was very friendly and happy at all times. Everyone was very approachable. Senior management also valued my opinons and had an open door approach.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Everything that I needed was in place, I couldnt fault the on-boarding process and the structure to my placement. I was given clear objectives at regular intervals and feedback on a daily basis that helped develop my skills.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was given SHL training so I was able to administer tests to candidates, I was also fully trained in interviewing. I completed my ECDL to help me improve my excel skills with the option to complete my AECDL. Any training that I felt necessary for my role was given to me.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    Healthcare from home



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • There is no fast track to the Graduate scheme for any of the Sandwich placements. However, if you apply for the Graduate positions for after university they will ensure you go to the first round if all minimum requirements are met. I would consider a role at the Bank of England within HR.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There is an excellent network with all other Sandwich students and you are encoraged to meet with them socially. There was alwasy someone to go out with.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • For London the prices were cheap after work to go for drinks as most local bars did happy hours. As the canteen had a wide variety, I never needed to buy food outside.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Around Bank station is very central to a wide variety of nightlife, especially on a Thursday or Friday night.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There was a large network of social clubs that were available to all staff to get involved with. Alot of people would join sports teams that trained at the Bank of Englands Sports club in Roehampton. Alot of opportunities to get invovled.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Human Resources

3rd August 2011

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