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I really enjoyed it. I learnt a lot and would love to work at the Bank of England in the future.
I felt very valued by my team. I was doing work that would have to be done by a regular employee if I was not here, and they valued the work that I produced.
I was given a good amount of support and guidance: enough to ensure that I was not lost or struggling, but not so much that I lost independence. I was able to learn and get on with things myself, but know that if I was struggling with something, my manager or a colleague would be happy to help me.
I was not that busy, but this was good because I was working on a subject that I had never experienced before. I certainly was not bored, but I was not overloaded with work. The amount of work I had meant that I could work 9-5 too which was good for my work/life balance.
I was given full responsibility for the project that I was working on.
What I learnt probably will not assist too much with my university studies, because the area I was working in during my placement is not very much related to my degree, but the odd thing may come in handy. Beyond, I'm sure the skills I developed will help a lot, both soft and hard skills. I would like to work at the Bank of England after my degree anyway, so in this respect the skills and training will have helped a lot.
Very welcoming and people were very helpful. There was definitely a collaborative atmosphere and not the sort of competition that there might be in the private sector.
It was well organised. The length of time (8 weeks) was a perfect length really for the work I was doing. Only slight qualm was the induction at the start was 2 days long when really it could have been 1 day. But that is not really a major issue at all.
We had external trainers come in to give us presentation skills training, which the company did not have to do so that was definitely good. But apart from that, most of the training and development I had came from internal sources.
I would love to work here in the future.
There was a good social scene among the other interns. Not too much outside of work among the colleagues on my team but then that is understandable because a lot of them have families and children.
It was the City of London so expensive, but we got paid around £70 a day so it wasn't like I was losing money.
A few decent pubs, but very expensive and crowded.
Not too much but that wasn't why I did this internship.
Internship (1-4 Months)
8th August 2016