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Rating

4.4/5
  • The Role
    4.5
  • The Company
    4.5
  • The Culture
    4.0

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Really good insight into the systems and day-to-day duties within banking. I enjoyed it and confirmed that I wanted to continue my career in banking.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The culture in Handelsbanken is one of the best I've experienced, I shared an office in close quarters to Account Managers, Document Staff and even the Branch manager. Everybody made me feel welcome, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was given support and guidance from practically every employee in the branch, as I would usually be paired with either a Docs Support Manager, or an Account Manager. I also had frequent progress meetings with the branch manager which helped me plan my day-to-day routine.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • There wasn't a moment when I had nothing to do, but equally I was never overwhelmed with work. When things were quieter I would always have the ability to shadow an Account Manager or Docs Manager and take notes, but most of the time I was completing set tasks and activities which were genuinely useful to the bank.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Luckily, a majority of the work you do at an entry level in the bank has to be authorised by another Account Manager but I felt like the jobs I did were at a relatively high level of importance and carried great responsibility.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The best thing about my internship was that it gave me a real-time insight into the world of banking. My degree was spent learning about the larger picture and the reasons behind banking, whilst my internship taught me how to become experienced in the systems, and gave me more confidence in the banking environment. I hope that eventually the internship will assist me in gaining further banking qualification and increase the employability of my CV tenfolds!

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Positive and supporting. Everybody was more than willing to involve me somehow in their work.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • There wasn't a set structure because the work I was involved in was responsive to whatever work was happening at the time. The environment was very dynamic and I enjoyed being moved around a number of roles.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I received an extension of my internship, and as a result a full time position. Currently I'm still mastering the systems and gaining experience and knowledge through doing, but I plan to further my banking qualifications which the company are more than willing to support.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised/Company Gym

    Above 25 days holiday

    Healthcare from home

    Travel loan

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Extremely appealing, the internship is very new to the company but the previous candidates which have received jobs from internships are doing very well in respectable roles within the bank. I plan to follow in their footsteps.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • We had intern induction days where you had the opportunity to meet the other interns at different branches, which was good in terms of networking and I messaged a few of them whilst they were at their placement.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • My total cost of living is approximately £700 a month in a flat in Worcester (which included a £120 monthly train ticket into Birmingham) although I rolled the dice and rented the flat as soon as I finished my final term at Worcester University hoping I would find a job immediately.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The centre of Birmingham is walking distance and has incredible clubs, which I've been to most during my time at university!!

    5/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are charity events which the company like to be involved in, and a few weeks ago we went for a Team Meal, which involved bowling before hand. We also have a Christmas social and 1 Year office anniversary as I joined a relatively knew branch.

    4/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

15th September 2016


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