1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much enjoyed my placement - the 9 weeks flew by! I have met some great people, from the intern class, the graduate class and from around the offices I have worked in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues, since the projects I was working on had a real impact on the team and on the division I was in.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We were given a great support network whilst at the internship. I had 2 managers who oversaw the projects I was working on, and were always around to help with any questions. I had a mentor, who would take me out for coffee and informal chats, in a more relaxed environment - allowing me to ask any questions I had about the company. I also had a buddy who was a recent graduate and had been through the internship and graduate programme, therefore had gone through the process that I was in, and was able to give really relevant advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount of work varied considerably. In the first few weeks, the work load was much lower - which allowed for a lot of time to meet people and learn about the teams around the office which you may not have otherwise met. The workload increased in the second half of the internship, however I would not say it was 'too much'. Overall, the amount of time you spend at your desk depends very much on how you manage your work - some days I had completed all my tasks by lunch time, but on others I had many meetings scheduled which meant I had to work on my projects until later.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my placement I was given 2 individual projects to work on. Both of these were important for the team I was working in and the documents I produce will be used once I leave the placement. Whilst I was given a lot of responsibility, I was always paired up with someone from the office, or someone from another team who was able to guide me and help me in understanding the tasks I was set.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The most important skill I have developed during this internship has been my communication skills. Whilst we all say they're good on our CV's, you really have to show it when working in a real company. The colleagues with whom I was working with were all working in different departments around the world - mostly in Singapore and India. This resulted in most of our communication having to be done via email, and due to the time differences, often I would email them and have to wait until the next day for a reply. Because of this I had to be very concise and very clear about my questions, to avoid wasting time going back and forth to explain certain points.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was able to work in 2 offices - the ones in the City and the newer ones in Canary Wharf. The 2 had very different atmospheres, with the city being much quieter. Overall it was a nice office environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Great organisation. The interview process took 5 days from the first interview to receiving the offer. The training was well structured, and the cross-divisional training was great for meeting interns from the other divisions. There were events scheduled by HR throughout the programme, such as networking breakfasts and bowling giving you more opportunities to meet more people. The team I was working in were also prepared and had a project ready for me to work on from day 1, and gave me the opportunity to chose my second project half way through the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Good training in the first week. Many online courses available on all range of topics, not just the division you are placed in. 'Hot Topic' events organised where senior employees gave us an in-depth look at different topics which you may not have been exposed to in your division.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The interns are spread around the different offices in London, so it is mostly up to you to find friends outside of the networking events. However there is an office canteen with pool tables and good food where we usually met for lunch.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Central London is expensive there's no way around it. However the salary is more than enough for you to go out often and not feel the squeeze on your wallet.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
You're in central London - the night life is as good as it gets.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not many set up by the internship programme. However there are 'societies' such as DB Art which organise events for those interested.