1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Although I enjoyed the experience as a whole and made some amazing friends, I feel that interns were always seen as below everybody else, there was a real sense of hierarchy and we were often given trivial tasks. As the bank was going through a series of changes (CEO change, new strategies etc.) you could really feel the pressure and tension amongst different departments.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
There appeared to be a severe lack of team spirit and I often felt like the team assistant, rather than an intern analyst. My manager often made rude comments to me and patronised me in a team setting. I felt intimidated at times by certain colleagues attitudes.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had a great support system of a buddy and a mentor. Of course, both of them were always far too "busy" and classed themselves as too important to meet regularly for catch ups, but it was nice knowing that they were there I guess.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days were boring, others busy. Trivial tasks for most interns, it really just depended on which manager and which team you worked with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Not that much, as mentioned before, the attitude of staff towards interns really disappointed me. I would have liked to have worked on bigger and important tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training helped me a lot in terms of understanding more about all areas of the bank, and although it won't directly help to my degree I have gained a lot of professional skills and know how that will help me in my career. Although this is not a place I wish to start my career, I have learnt a lot from the experience.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Tense. Not a great time to be an intern.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised, with regular events. We had an intern "events", one at the start, one halfway through and then one farewell event. Also had hot topic presentations on current issues and different departments.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Training days at start of internship, pretty basic knowledge on banking and the bank structure.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They pretty much give everyone an offer, so once you've got the internship don't worry too much. Not exactly the best bank to be working for right now though.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, regularly went out with other interns and really got on with interns in my department.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Be prepared, London is ridiculously expensive. The cheapest places nearby are pret or starbucks.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not bad, sushi samba was great for a few drinks after work. Babble city next door was also nice.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?