1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the internship a lot, mainly because of the diverse employee base. Both my fellow interns and also the permanent employees were very international and from varied academic backgrounds. Additionally, I feel that Bloomberg does a lot to ensure its employees are treated well, with many perks such as a movie night for interns, and a big summer party. The work environment is very pleasant and supportive, rather than competitive.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone is very supportive, with shadowing sessions organised with other departments. Everyone is very friendly and willing to talk to you about their experience if you ask them. If you have any questions or problems, you can talk to the members of your team, who will provide you with extensive and accurate answers.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We were given support every day. The supervisors ensured that we never had to sit by ourselves when dealing with clients, so that they were always available to help if needed. If we had any questions, we could ask them straight away and everyone on the team was very helpful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It varied a lot from day to day. Sometimes, we would be on the phone non-stop and sometimes there wouldn't be that much to do. It also depended on our ability to manage our time and to schedule client calls. All in all, I would not say that we were too busy at any time during the internship. I never had to stay longer than the specified working hours.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
We were given the same responsibility as the permanent employees in our department, albeit with projects of shorter duration. This was a very good aspect of the internship, since we felt useful and like we were contributing to the overall workflow of the department.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Customer service skills would be the ones that I feel like would be the most useful in my future career. Communicating with clients on a professional level is a valuable skill to have acquired.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was nice, not too hectic. You could talk to people if you wanted to without feeling like you were intruding. Sometimes, it would get a bit too noisy as everyone was on the phone, but it was ok.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The general organisation of the internship was good, but sometimes I felt like communication between the different departments was lacking a little bit. Especially the communication to us about future opportunities was not coordinated very well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a few skills workshops focusing on time management, project management, and CV writing. Those were useful when considering future job applications. In addition, Bloomberg offered a session on diversity and inclusion, which was very useful because it offered insights on unconscious bias.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, we had many events together with the department, with fellow interns and also company-wide.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very expensive, as per usual in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London can be good for nightlife, but it is too expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, especially the philanthropy activities within Bloomberg were numerous and well-organised.