-Undertaking a Business Project
-Visiting other sections of the company
-Achieving other objectives set at start of placement
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The seven weeks at HSBC were very enjoyable with no dull moments throughout. Both customers and colleagues are very friendly and accomodating to an intern who has responsibilities from day one!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very welcoming and as the placement progress my opinion and work were sought after and valued like any other member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager set targets with me at the beginning of the placement and we discuss what I wanted to get out of my seven weeks with the bank. He then helped facilitate the organisation of my internship and gave me all the support and guidance to achieve my goals.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied from day-to-day. Some days in the office, other days out and about across the country seeing clients and other colleagues. There was generally always something to be done so there was never a dull moment.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
While I wasn't activley involved with transactional banking, I was able to go out and meet clients and get stuck into the role. I had my own project to do, access to a computer and telephone and I was often given additional jobs to do within the office.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This internship has enabled me to expand my knowledge on the finacial services sector and banking as a whole. As well as this, my knowledge on Economics and the economy has greatly increased and I will be able to transfer this to my degree studies and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The flexibility of working hours and responsibility meant that different people were in the office at different times. Therefore it could vary between a very busy day where lots of people were in, to a day where there are only a small group of people around.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation by the Graduate Development Team meant that I was set up with all the information I needed before starting my placement. Support throughout from the Graduate Team, my Buddy, other Interns and my line manager meant that any problems were easily resolved.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The internship is a taster of the Graduate Scheme, so I was given as much responsibility as anyone else. This meant that I was fully trained throughout with e-learning as well as support from my manager and colleagues.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to return to work for HSBC as the oppourtunities within the company are endless. The company and the people are the right fit for me as a person so I know that any role I choose will be enjoyable.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Office socials and events, corporate events with clients, Graduate events, Intern socials.... There was a range of stuff to get involved in socially.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My placement was in my hometown so living expenses were minimal. My main costs were buying lunches etc.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
A range of local bars and clubs in my area for several tastes.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?