1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the placement - working in finance was a completely new experience for me and I learnt a great deal across the year.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely well valued by my colleagues, particularly as the placement went on, and was given a large amount of responsibility, along with any support I needed.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a large amount of support when learning new tasks and I could ask any of my peers if I had any queries. I was also encouraged to speak to my team leader or line manager if I had any problems, although I didn't really have any issues.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My workload varied slightly depending on the time of the month - I was always really busy at the end of the month, whereas I was slightly quieter in week one and two. Although I think this is quite common in finance related jobs
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a large amount of responsibility from the start, taking over some of the previous IP's workload. This was a steep learning curve, but there were plenty of people there to support me if it had got too much. Then my responsibilities gradually increased as the year went on and my experience and knowledge grew.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Whilst the work I did was not directly relevant to my degree (Mathematics), I will definitely find that the skills I've gained over the year relating to time-keeping, work ethic and having to manage a lot of tasks at once, will all help me going forward into my final year, along with having an invaluable insight into a finance related career. I was also given lots of training opportunities throughout the year that will be extremely valuable going forward.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was always really pleasant and friendly. I found that there weren't many people my own age which was a big difference to all my previous jobs, but this wasn't too much of an issue as everyone was very friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was extremely well organised as they have been taking placement students in this department for many years. I was also put in touch with a "buddy" before starting the placement so that I could ask any questions i had before starting.
It takes a while to get security clearance to be on the site, but this process is started very early so that there shouldn't be any delays to the start of placement.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt that the company invested a lot in my development as I was able to attend many workshop days throughout the year, along with people on the grad scheme that my placement is linked to. These workshops were in different places across the country and offered opportunities such as training in presentation skills and lots of networking opportunities.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Following my placement I have also been invited to return to the assessment centre stage of the recruitment for the grad scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only finance industrial placement student for the year, but there were a few opportunities to meet up with those on the grad scheme, although we all worked at different sites across the country, so this didn't happen very often.
There were some nights out with those in the office, but not as many socialising opportunities as I have had at previous jobs, but this could have just been because there weren't that many young people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was able to live with my family so saved money there. Most social things were held in Cardiff, which wasn't too expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The actual site was in a very quiet area, but the nightlife in Cardiff was very good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a few opportunities across the year to get involved, and there was gym on site with classes to attend.