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The events that were put on for us by HR were really helpful, where we got to both network with senior managers and our intern group.
The internship was highly respected by all the senior managers we met on a weekly basis. I never felt like I was a burden to my team, nor did I feel like I had to do mundane jobs. My team had well prepared tasks for me to do and complete and I was challenged by my team instead of being bored.
My team dedicated time towards training me during the first few weeks of my internship and did not mind if I had questions that I needed to ask. I had a mid-term review and an end-of-internship review which gave feedback and helpful development points that I was able to work on.
Despite there being a few days where I was in the office until later than expected, the majority of the internship was spent with reasonable hours and whilst I had a lot to do on a daily basis, there was never a time when I felt like I had too much or too little to do.
Alongside my BAU, which meant interacting with both the Front, Middle and Back office on a daily basis, I also had a project to complete. This meant that not only did I manage my own time, but it meant that during my internship, I had to manage the timing of reports which were dealt with overseas.
I was able to further my time management, which was helpful in the management of my third year studies.
The office environment was both serious and relaxed.
My managers organised my workload effectively and had set goals which was a good indication of how much work I had to do. Additionally, HR had set up a lot of networking events which were informative.
I had some mandatory training courses to complete however, there could have been more development areas which could have been worked upon.
The option of rotations not only in the Graduate Programme but also once you have rolled off the Grad Scheme are really appealing. Also, the option of flexibility to work in different areas globally is appealing as well.
Every week, there were events organised within the intern group to go to bars and nights out and also trips at the weekend.
London rent is really high and therefore a large proportion of the salary was spent on housing and living generally.
London is great for nightlife as there are a large variety of clubs for every single taste in music.
There were internal sports teams to join however the availability on these teams were subject to how many spaces were available
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment, Banking/Finance
Central London and City
1st September 2011