1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
A lot of time was spent just sitting there for the sake of sitting there. I liked the team I worked with but there was literally nothing to do the majority of the time, even after I had specifically asked for them to please give me more work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My manager and the people sitting directly around me were lovely but as far as the team as a whole I basically didn't get to know any of them, they were quite unapproachable in terms of me just going up to them and introducing myself. Further more I felt forgotten a lot of the time especially when I was sitting there waiting to do work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Again to repeat what I've previously said I didn't get enough work to do even after specifically asking for more. When I told them that the role wasn't for me they were very supportive of that but in terms of day to day things it wasn't great.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was so bored the entire time. Whenever I got assigned a task they would take maximum an hour and there's only so many times you can ask for work... A lot of times I was pretty much on the verge of tears because I was so bored and it doesn't help when there's a director a couple of seats away constantly judging how much work I was doing - I had to look busy constantly while really doing nothing productive.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I got to create a few spreadsheets but I guess that was kind of it. Most the people in my team were very senior and it definitely felt like I wasn't needed there at all. Compared to a lot of what my friends have said about their internships, it definitely wasn't the best.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I did nothing that would help my degree at all. I certainly gained a better understanding of how the banking industry works and how the financial sector functions, mainly through my own research when I was trying to fill time though. The only technical things I learnt was how to use excel but I'm not sure I'd call pivot tables a skill for life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A majority of the time I was sitting by myself in a block of desks which was quite sad. On lots of the days people worked from home and there was lots of arguments happening between people - workplace politics - of people not wanting to sit next to each other etc. Then also it was meant to be hotdesking but if you went even close to another person's desk that was a huge no no. Not too approachable as a whole really.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was okay but nothing special. We all had to download an app with our calendar which seemed like a good idea at the time but it was never ever used. Also we got sent emails about the next weeks events often extremely late of a Friday so you're not going to know what's happening till the week actually begins. My actual team was really unorganized with regards to giving me work - it felt like they would only give me stuff as soon as the thought popped into their head.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I don't really know how to answer that one as we were pretty much left up to our own devices. We got given access to online training which had loads on may different financial industry aspects which is what I used most when I had nothing else to do. It was very boundary driven in terms of now that you're in a specific division you're stuck there and if you ever wanted to move division then that's a huge no no and they gave the impression you should've known exactly what you wanted to do since you were born. Just not approachable at all again really.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
No future prospects as I think the whole experience has really put me off. I liked the people but the work itself was so boring and if some people are so unapproachable and self centred, why the hell would I want to work there... Also I think the inability to be able to change divisions has put me off, it's not my fault I'm not identical to the person I was when I started the application almost two years ago.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Within my division it was very cliquey. People organized some events at weekends but I was away then and once I had missed ot on that then I was out the club. Also everyone was quite up themselves and self centred really, people weren't coming across as very nice people - they were there for the money and didn't care who they cut down in the process. Can't say I've made any friends for life.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Ridiculously expensive. It's London so that's what you expect really but paying so much rent and then unexpected travel expenses (we only found out once we'd started in June that we were based in offices completely different to the ones we expected...). It just wasn't really worth it in my opinion.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Didn't really go out but it's London, there's something for everyone.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Nothing with people from work. They just wanted to come in, do work and then leave again.