1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Having the opportunity to do an internship in Deutsche Bank has provided me with different experiences, not only in terms of learning on the job, but also because all the people I have met. Additionally, beside doing my own job, I have been able to see what my future career could end up being like, as both, junior and senior people, have been very keen on sharing their experiences, which is something highly valuable when you are an intern.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone in the bank, both in my team and others, was approachable. Therefore, I feel valued not only by the team but by the bank as a whole. All through the internship, people have asked my thought and whether I was liking it or not: I have had time to speak with more senior people as well; the HR team has also been very helpful. Overall, I think this is a very human bank with a very good culture.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
People on the team were always keen to help. Furthermore, I have had different one on one sessions with people in order to discuss different topics regarding the job as well as organized sessions with interns and other team members in order to be explained how we have to deliver a specific task. I have also been provided with feedback all through the internship, which I have found very helpful in order to improve my performance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
From my little experience, I believe that each day is different in this industry, specially as you have to satisfy the needs of a demanding client. Therefore, I had to adjust myself to the workload, which has varied along the internship. If you organize properly and consider your tasks before jumping into them, you can have a good balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I believe that the responsibility I was given was mainly influenced by (i) the difficulty of the tasks and (ii) how I was performing. I mention the first one because of course I do not have the experience to make the job of a more senior person. The second one refers to the fact that managers know well enough what you can and can't do because of your previous performance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This internship has provided mw with different experiences. Amongst the top, I consider (i) the ability to develop myself in a challenging environment surrounded by brilliant people, (ii) the opportunity to develop my analytical skills (I have worked on different models) and (iii) not only a great network but also some friends.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The working environment is very good. Although the nature of the job requires you to be fully concentrated on your job, people in the team can make your day better. Of course, this depends on the people in the team you join so, prior to joining a team, I would try to learn as much as possible about the people in it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well set up. We have had different activities and HR events, such as a breakfast with a senior person, a CSR activity, a women's networking event and even networking drinks. All these activities were very well organized and I don't think I have had any problems through the internship
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Deutsche Bank has spend a large amount of resources in the interns. I particularly appreciate the fact that people have taken their time to meet me and share their experiences. Also, the training we have been provided has been useful in terms of learning not only about the bank but also about soft skills or Excel.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
We don't know about the offer until the end of the internship so I cannot comment on this matter. I believe that overall the conversion ratio is very high, particularly because of all the resources that the bank has already spent on us. However, this point I believe depends on you and how well you have performed.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Again, this depends on each person. I have made a group of friends within the bank with whom I hang out very often. You can always ask other interns to go grab a coffee or lunch together, which is nice in order to start creating your network. Also, I have made plans with people from the bank outside the office.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The City in London is a very expensive place to live but you can find other places to live nearby. I would not consider a commute longer than 25 to 35 minutes. Regarding the restaurants for lunch, you can find good meals in the range of 7 pounds to 15 pounds, it all depends on how much you want to spend.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are very good places around to go grab a drink - expensive of course but nice at the same time. Some very nice roof tops around where you can meet interns and more senior people. However, this depends on each person's own taste. There are other nice areas around London beside the typical places in the City of London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The Human Resources team has organized different activities so that the interns could meet in a more casual way. From Day 1 we had dinner and drinks together. Through this kind of activities you develop your own network and frineds with whom you can do any kind of plans you want, even going to Cambridge for a weekend.