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I really enjoyed my second internship at Handelsbanken in the Peterborough branch. My tasks were varied which meant that I really learnt a lot and my colleagues were very approachable.
I felt very valued by my colleagues. I had one particularly large data evaluation project and when I needed information my colleagues would help straight away, which is different to what i have experienced during other work placements.
I was always able to approach the Branch Manager if needed and I would often be given additional tasks once I had completed my other assignments. I was also given some very helpful advice based upon my future career aspirations.
I was always busy with quite large projects, that would take around 1 to 2 weeks to complete at a time. I would also help out with daily account maintenance and answering telephone calls. I could have been pushed a little more and maybe had one more week long project, but the work rate was comfortable.
Certain tasks carried responsibility, for example passport verification checks and opening and closing accounts where you have to make sure interest is added correctly. With certain tasks a second check has to be carried out anyway and I would always make sure that I had completed tasks correctly because banking is so highly regulated. I think the longer you work in a Bank and the more knowledge you acquire, the more responsibility you will have.
The skills I developed will help me in my future career as I wish to go into the financial sector, therefore what I have learnt is extremely valuable. I study German at university so I think one key aspect will be confidence that I have gained from working in such a reputable business, and hopefully I can carry this into the presentations I have to give as part of my degree.
The atmosphere in the office was very good. There is a small, yet closely knit team who are all equally approachable. One evening after work we went to a golf driving range which was great fun, and this shows how well the team gets along with one another.
In my second year the internship was very well organised. I think that the internship programme has greatly developed from 2015. I really enjoyed the intern day at Head Office in Birmingham and it was very useful to meet the other interns and discuss what we had all been doing at our various branches.
I have completed two internships at Handelsbanken, both for 7 weeks, during the summer of 2015 and 2016. The internship is paid and I feel like the knowledge gained throughout the time spent working at the Bank is invaluable. The opportunity is wonderful and it's a great experience to have on my CV.
I would love to have a job working at Handelsbanken. I am graduating in summer 2017 so this is something that I am hoping to pursue. Graduates begin in the Account Manager Support role and generally stay in this role for 2 years before then having enough knowledge to move into an Individual Banking Manager role or potentially Corporate Manager role.
As each intern is at a different Branch, there aren't many opportunities to get together so the social life wasn't something that I experienced.
I could live at home whilst doing my internship so I didn't incur any additional costs, and as I said above the Handelsbanken internship with one intern per Branch doesn't really lend itself to an intern social scene.
I didn't experience the nightlife with work.
Yes, I went to the golf driving range with my colleagues and to watch one colleague abseil down Peterborough Cathedral for charity.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Administration/Secretarial, Banking/Finance, Business Analytics, Business Management
6th September 2016