Human Resources - 2 rotations, 1 project assessment.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had great exposure into what working life at Deutsche Bank would be. Everyone was very friendly, and I had good working hours. My enjoyment varied heavily on the task at hand, with some being more engaging than others.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Over the 9 weeks I was able to build relationships with my collagues. Everyone was very grateful for the work I was doing for them.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was a lack of consistent support by my line managers, one being long distance and the other away on holiday.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days I had very little on and had to be proactive about work load. This was praised and gave me a greater insight into teams I hadn't been placed with. Some days were very busy. I never needed to stay late or take work home.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Most of the work I was doing had been sitting on people's desk for a while, and so less urgent. Whilst it was useful for people, I do not feel I was given a large amount of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have greatly developed networking skills which will be invaluable, and appreciate the experience on my CV. I do not feel I have been challenged and so learnt other skills, but I now have a greater understanding of the bank, division and it has confirmed my interest in a career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Some were more chatty than others. Whilst I was not in the most social of teams, sitting in an open plan office made it easy to establish relationships. The hot desking made it difficult at first to know where I could sit, however it quickly became apparent that people don't move desks and so I knew where I could go.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was disappointed in the lack of prior information regarding my placement, consistent management and business-as-usual work. There were some events hosted that were of little value and the launch of our project was poor which required us to do a large amount of the leg work to establish the true brief.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had 3 days of intense training at the start, and then regular sessions with different teams in the division to find out more about their role. We also had to complete online training about the financial services. My role does not require any technical training, however I know that placements that did had this also to complete.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - I couldn't ask for any more from a job. It is difficult in an internship to be given meaningful tasks due to the duration. The benefits on offer are very competitive, and the culture is very welcoming and proactive, whilst being relaxed and inclusive.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As there were only 4 other interns in my division, all with differing work loads, we had limited social opportunities. A welcome and leaving event were put on by the bank, but these were of very high quality, with complimentary food, drink and entertainment. Everyone was very friendly.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very expensive! Central London - to be expected.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is limited nightlife in the city itself, mostly bars and pubs.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was very limited opportunities. We had a mandatory CSR day which was surprisingly enjoyable. The networks that the bank have had very limited events running over the summer, predominately as most take holiday during this time.