1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The scheme was thoroughly enjoyable. My team were good fun and I learnt a lot. The office was very relaxed and sociable, as well as very welcoming. The work was interesting and my colleagues made the experience very enjoybale. To improve it, the HR team could have organised more/better social events for all of the interns to improve that aspect of it.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues always appreciated the work I did for them. They thanked me for work I helped them with and always provided me with feedback. As the internship progressed, I was given more responsibility and more difficult work. They asked for my opinion and valued the comments and views I had to make. Compared to my previous internship with another firm I felt a lot more valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager always had time for me and setup regular meetings. I was provided with guiadance throughout, and I knew what was expected of me. We had regular weekly meetings and I was given feedback and reviews on my work. If I ever had any questions or queries or discussing my internship my manager always made time for me to meet with her.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days busy, other days not so much. the work varied depending upon what my colleagues had on. When I wasnt doing work, I was reading through learning material. In comparison to another internship I have done, I was a lot more busy. Realistically I dont think you could be much more busy for an internship so it was definitely a good enough work load.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility for producing and correcting documents. I often had full autonomy and the work I was producing was sent out to clients. Compared to my previous internship for another large company, I was given much more responsibility and my work had a genuine impact at the company. I was doing similar work to other full time employees.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills and training I developed are quite niche and specific to the internship. Investment consulting skills would assist me in another job or studies that are investment related however. But beyond this scope it wont assist me that much. The more generic skills such as teamwork, organisation, time management and presenting will be transferable to other studies however.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in my office could not have been any better. The team are great fun and very sociable. They all work extremely hard however it is still balanced with fun discussions and fantasy football. I couldnt have asked for a better office/team. Compared to my previous internship the atmosphere ecclipsed it, I cant recommend it enough! All of the team were great fun.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised. Our initial training was well co-ordinated and well-structured. We received good communication and all of the internship was well-thought out. Our office introduction was similarly well organised, and I was taken out for an introductory meal when joining. The only thing that could be improved is communication could have been quicker.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employmeny prospects within the organisation are very appealing. As part of the grad-scheme, you have the choice to study for the CFA qualification or Actuarial qualification alongside your job. You get pay-rises with each exam you pass and you are given plenty of study days. Once you obtain these qualifactions there are clear career progressions so it is very good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Bristol is a reasonably expensive city to live in. Accommodation isnt cheap, and it is most definitely increasing, particularly in the popular areas. Transport is quite standard, but as it isnt very big you can walk/cycle to most places. Eating out is probably around avergae to expensive and drinking and socialising are quite expensive, pints are usually around £4 so a bit cheaper than London but not much cheape.r
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Bristol is really good. There is a myriad of different bars, pubs and clubs open to visiting. There is also a diverse range of areas to visit across the city, Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road offer a great night out. Our office was right next to King Street which has an excellent offering of pubs and bars, the atmosphere is always great. I dont think you can beat bristol nightlife!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?