Working within the Finance department, gaining Front to Back exposure of the FICC suite.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The work was very enjoyable. I felt valued by my team, who were very friendly. The 10 weeks flew past!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Always invited out on any team drinks and felt very included as a real member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Extremely supportive in answering any questions I had about the work or the department generally. Very helpful if requiring any guidance with my work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were a couple of times when I had very little to do, but this was mainly due to the nature of my work - project-based - which naturally have busy and non-busy periods. Normally you would juggle several projects to smooth this out, but as an intern only here for 10 weeks this wasn't suitable. Most of the time however, I was kept very busy. If I did work late to complete a task this was also acknowledged by team members so it definitely didn't feel like it went unnoticed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Initially the responsibility was quite low, but as I proved my capabilities I was given increasing responsibility and more tasks. So the amount of responsibility given is to a large degree controlled by you.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training and skills will probably not be particuarly useful for my degree, however I believe they will prove extremely useful in my future career. The Excel training we received both formally and on-the-job has proved invaluable in improving my Excel skills, and the work carried out has provided me with a much better understanding of a Finance department within an Investment Bank.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Excellent balance of work and chat.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were many events organised for the interns to get to know each other better, both within departments and between. The training and skills sessions at the beginning of the internship were useful and well thought through - I felt that most of what I was learning would be very relevant to my role.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We gained an afternoon of Excel training which was very useful. In terms of within my role, a lot of time was invested in me to explain how the systems worked and to improve my understanding of the links between areas in the department and the company as a whole.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was an excellent social scene amongst the department's interns - we often went for drinks/dinner after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of socialising is very high - but this is to be expected in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were plenty of opportunities to get involved in outside of work, including lectures and lunchtime learning sessions for employees and sports clubs and events. Drinks after work were also common.