1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the team I worked with: my colleagues are very diverse in terms of cultural and academic background. I enjoyed the projects I worked, the level of responsibility and trust I was given and the atmosphere in the team. I liked the fact that people at DB remain available to share their experience and give advice.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was well integrated in the team and was involved in projects from day 1. My colleagues were open to discussion and listened to what I had to say. They would often check on me to see how I was doing, I never felt left behind or lonely.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I received guidance from my manager for the tasks I was asked to execute. They were very clear and remained available for any questions I had. They were also very available to talk about non-work related subjects and always prone to give advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy enough not to be bored and not too busy to have a burn out. I know working in M&A is very demanding and requires a lot of effort. I did not feel overstaffed and was happy to complete my tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility. I usually worked on a book with an Analyst or Associate and a Director. After giving me guidance, they let me work on the models and prepare the book.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I improved my analytical and problem solving skills. I am a better team worker and have a stronger critical mind. These are important skills that will always be useful in my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was great! Serious enough to focus on work but fun enough to enjoy spending so much time in the office. People are really open and respectful.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The integration was seamless. We started with a week of training which was a good way to get to know more about the bank and the technical things we would be performing. The training also allowed me to meet the other interns in my class. When hitting the desk, I always had the support of my buddy who gave me guidance on the work I had to perform. The level of difficultly on the job progressed smoothly as well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The week of training was very extensive and of good quality. We were well welcomed and trainers had the time to answer our questions. I really think Deutsche Bank invested a lot of efforts in providing us with a high quality training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I really hope I will have the opportunity to start my career at Deutsche Bank.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I met the other interns of my class during training and during graduate events organized by DB. We all get on well and usually meet for coffee and see each other outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living in London is quite expensive: accommodation, transportation, dine out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The area I worked in is very lively and dynamic.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?