1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed my time there. The work was varied and I was always learning something new, and by the end of the placement my knowledge of the sector had improved massively. There was the odd task that wasn't as interesting, but these were few and far between. The people I worked with and around were extremely friendly and helpful, and also some of the brightest people you can come across!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued throughout the course of my time there. From day 1, I was contributing to work that went to clients, and my individual level of responsibility increased as I gained more experience, and I valued the fact that my colleagues trusted me to carry out work on my own. We also had a couple of team events which was a good way to get to know the others.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Lots of support and guidance. Some colleagues went out of their way to help when I needed something explained or guidance for a task, and this matches the collegiate culture within the firm. Everyone on the team was very open and approachable, and we were encouraged to ask questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Each day was very varied. There were a few quiet days where there wasn't much going on, and this was a good time to learn more about how models worked etc, but there were also days where there was a lot to do and there wasn't much time to get away from the desk. The mixture of the two was good, and you really learn the importance of managing your time effectively
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Initially, there was little responsibility as I was still learning how to do the basics. However, over the course of the placement, I was given more and more responsibility as I gained more experience. Towards the end, I would be given certain tasks with little supervision, and an understanding that it would be completed to the high standards expected
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Time management is the skill I developed the most during the course of the internship. As my degree course is quantitative, there are some skills that will overlap. Communication skills were also developed.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good! The people were friendly and on the whole, happy too! Everyone was very approachable and as an intern, this was nice to see as it enabled me to meet lots of different people and learn about the things they did. There was a good team culture as well, within teams and also across the bank.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The programme itself was very well organised - it was well structured with key events/deadlines outlined early on, and they had quite a few team building and other fun events (charity etc.) across all divisions. Pre-programme wasn't as well organised - there were times when i didn't really know what was going on and team allocations weren't confirmed till quite late on. A lot of admin that could have been completed earlier on ended up coming through around exam time, which was a little inconvenient but not too much of an issue
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was 1 week of intense training before we joined our desks, and lots of online courses and opportunities to sign onto more training courses over the duration of the internship to further develop our skills. Team members were happy to show us all of the shortcuts to make things easier for us.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
very appealing. there are many opportunities to travel (business related) and also opportunities to rotate, either in a different team or even in a different office anywhere around the world. The job description also changes as you gain more experience, meaning that I would always be learning something new and gaining more skills
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This varied given the nature of workflow, but our class of interns got along well and spent time together outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Central London prices. Accommodation was expensive but varies depending on how many people you shared with and where you chose to live. As a student in London, accommodation wasn't an issue for me, but it was very easy to communicate with other interns to arrange something for housing. Socialising - again central London prices and depends where you choose to go.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were lots of bars and restaurants but they didn't stay open too late. When we were able to leave early, there was a tendency to go somewhere else (shoreditch etc) and most places were within 20-30 mins
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Morgan Stanley have a strong belief in giving back to the community and there were many opportunities to get involved through a variety of tasks.