Commercial Officer at HSBC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Chelmsford East of England
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Banking - Commercial

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7.1/10

The Role
7.3
Organisation
7.0

Socialising

7.0

The Role

Role Description

Shadowed various members of staff in the area of commercial banking. Spent time learning how to use the banking systems as well as the products that the bank provides to its commercial customers. Was given various projects to research and then present strategic advice on how the commercial centre could improve with regards to finding new business.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Really enjoyed the internship overall, however naturally there were some roles which I was shadowing that were less exciting and less suited to my interests.

8/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

With regards to my projects i felt really valued based on the fact they took my ideas and are putting them into practice. Sometimes with certain roles it was difficult to find things I could do due to the fact I did not have the training or knowledge to be doing certain things.

8/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My managers were always available and they were really good at telling me who to speak to with regards to finding solutions to any issues I had faced. There was always someone available to give me support when it was needed so i couldn't ask for more on this front.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

My project was good for keeping me busy when there were not other things to do, however sometimes it felt a little like they would get me to do my project rather than think of other things I could possibly do.

6/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I had responsibility in the sense they would listen to me and use my ideas that I was contributing, however due to the level of knowledge needed I did not have much customer interaction and did more shadowing than actually doing the roles myself.This however did suit me as i wanted an overview of many roles rather than being trained to do one role and have lots of responsibility in it.

5/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I developed were generally more soft skills rather than actual training in the job. It gave me a good feel for how I would have to work in the industry and I learnt a lot about how I can improve myself in a working environment.

7/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was relaxed and there were always people available to help me. It was however quite a focused environment rather than a sense of always working as a team.

7/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The team organising the programme were excellent and the extra events they put on like days at the Head office and the induction days were really useful and informative. They were really good at getting back to you and really keen to make sure you were getting on fine with regular check ups to make sure things were as they should be.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

There was not a great deal of training, but on the other hand they gave me exactly what I wanted from the internship, which was experiencing a broad view of commercial banking.

6/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Am currently waiting for them to get back to us.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Regular events were organised both by the team running the internship as well as by the interns. As I was located away from London you can feel a little isolated however.When i was with the other interns there was a great social scene. Where I was located there were quite a few occassions where I was able to socialise with my colleagues which was nice.

7/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Lived at home so was fine.

8/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Average. London is accessible if you really want a better night out.

6/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Was invited to play for the office's cricket team. Lots of intern social events.

7/10

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