1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at FactSet - this was both due to the people I worked with and the work I was given. The 10-week internship was well organised and I had constant support from my manager, mentor and team. We had two weeks of training then eight weeks working within a team. I developed my skills and had great exposure to the industry. At the end, I didn't even feel like an intern working there, I felt like a proper consultant!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt really valued by all my colleagues. My team were so supportive and welcoming, I knew I could go to them if I ever needed anything. They helped me develop my skills and gave me a variety of work which I found really interesting. All members in my team went out of their way to ensure I was comfortable and was constantly learning. They took me on client visits when possible and I felt my work was really appreciated.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was really supportive - I had weekly catch ups and a mid-internship review to ensure I was reaching my goals and objectives. I also met with my mentor weekly, they offered guidance to ensure I got the most out of the internship. My team were also really supportive in helping me whenever I had any questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Mainly I was working on client tasks for my team. During the week I would also focus on ensuring I kept on top of my intern goals and objectives, this included: elearnings, weekly presentations, shadowing consultants and going on client visits. I was never too bored or too busy, however 1 or 2 times I was quite swamped and had to stay late.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given the amount of time we were at FactSet for, I think we were given a great deal of responsibility. After only two weeks of training and eight weeks in the team, I was sending client emails and was trusted with taking on tasks from my team. I felt like I was really contributing by helping clients with their queries.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout the course of the internship, I developed so many skills which will assist me in my degree and beyond. I used the FactSet platform and Excel on a daily basis - and this was so useful, something I will definitely take on from here. I currently study Mathematics, and this meant I could utilise my problem-solving, numerical and analytical skills when solving client queries. As I did not have a lot of knowledge on economics/finance, this role really helped me develop my skills in these areas. Having weekly presentations and working in a team has meant I developed time management, presenting and teamwork which will benefit me in my future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was great - I felt really involved in my team yet at the same time the whole floor was friendly and chatty and I spoke to lots of different people. There was a nice balance between working and resting - every lunch I went outside to eat with the other interns, occasionally I went out with our team.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up very well. It was a good structure - the two weeks of training was the perfect amount of time for us to build our knowledge and develop skills on the FactSet platform. Working in a team for eight weeks gave us good exposure to the industry and we were able to get stuck in with client work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Right from the start with the two weeks of training, I felt like FactSet really invested in us. We learnt not only about the FactSet platform, but also about other areas in the industry which was really useful. The weekly presentations meant that we developed skills constantly, and this helped on a personal side too.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - it was nice to talk to people on my team about how they started and their experience of working at FactSet. I'm happy to say I have been offered a place at FactSet once I graduate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes - we all got on well and held a few socials of our own during the internship. There were 10 of us interns in total and we were split into different departments on different floors - UKIM and GBB. However, this did not stop us from organising social events between us, all of which were really enjoyable.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I study in London so am used to London prices. During the internship I commuted from home, so the cost of living was relatively low as I only had to pay for travel expenses (I bought a travelcard). Socialising was slightly more expensive - drinks are not cheap and neither are entrance fees/food.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London has great nightlife - though I mainly know this through living and studying there. Whilst at work, I didn't go clubbing but I stayed out with everyone from work in pubs/bars. The atmosphere was nice and social. The office is near Shoreditch which is a really good location. We often went to Exchange Square for drinks after work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
In terms of social activities, during my time at FactSet there were lots of events which were really fun. There was a charity football event which got everyone involved with and it was nice to give to the community. London is always buzzing so there are lots of opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work.