My main work was to lead a project central to the focus of the team. This was quite analytical and required a lot of research. On top of that, I shadowed all the roles within my centre, which often meant going out to visit clients.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It was clear from the start that my work was making a real contribution to the bank and that my colleagues were grateful.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager found a good balance between giving me the guidance and support I needed whilst giving me the freedom to implement my own ideas and do my work as I thought was best.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very busy, but this was great because it was only because my managers were really interested in what I was doing and really trusted me to be able to deal with a large workload - much better than having nothing to do!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Just the right amount. If I made a mistake, the bank wouldn't crumble, but equally my line managers were still depending on my ability to produce results.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I had exposure to independent work, team work, public speaking, networking, data analysis, client facing roles and many different roles within the bank.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It depends where in the office, but people were motivated and wanted to achieve for themselves and for the bank.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We came together as a group of national interns twice int he two months and had constant access to the over all internship organisers by phone and email. From day one, I had a line manager in my office who was responsible for my integration into the team and was really supportive.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My line manager was keen that although I was there to work for the bank, I should have the opportunity to learn. She continually sent my literature to read and arranged for me to observe meetings. I feel my personal training was well cared for.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would be very keen to have a receive a job offer with HSBC.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I went out after work with colleagues several times and felt I had a good relationship with them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was a city centre, which is always quite expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Really good, lots of great bars etc.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were loads of opporunities to participate in charity events.