1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed the work. Staff were always welcoming as were the graduate team
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Worked very well with all my colleagues in the branch. They helped me and I helped them. One sent an e-mail about me to their boss, which fed through to a very positive experience of feeling valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Branch Manager was fantastic, could always talk to her when I wanted, ended up having discussions and chats well after closing time when walking into her office at 4pm, leaving at 7pm! The graduate team in London were always there for support and guidance whenever you need them.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This would vary upon business requirements. Some days you could work 8.30am-7pm and then do work at home afterwards for a presentation the next day, other days were 9am-5pm or even shorter if out of the office!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Limited to what can be given due to regulatory requirements, which was a little frustrating as in the past for other companies I had done the necessary qualifications and training.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Helped develop my confidence in my abilities.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Worked with a great team, really diverse mix of people who you could always approach. Went for lunches and after work drinks with them all. I was welcomed as one of them and never felt like "just an intern".
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Fantastic, great experience days in London, met the Chairman of the Bank, Chief Economist and Head of Customer Propositions (Products). It was sometimes a bit frustrating having two line managers, one in the area of the placement and the other in London also my "buddy" was located in a different city which made meeting them a little difficult. But nothing major.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Experience days in London (The tower is stunning). Customer Service training programmes with colleagues from the branch and motivational regional road shows (think a rock concert mixed with Derren Brown and throw in a tribal drum concert performed by the audience and you may come close to an idea!)
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am hopeful of working for them in the future but the decision has not been made yet. Fingers crossed!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As a lot of interns were based in London and I was not it was hard to get to London each weekend for the socials each weekend. But we did have a great charity raffle evening and also a bbq before we started the internship.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was able to live at home, tram cost a fair bit each day though!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?