I really enjoyed my internship at Handelsbanken as it allowed me to put the skills I had acquired over my first two years at University into practice. There was also a wide variety of tasks within the work place and this made it exciting as I was able to move amongst different departments.
The staff at Handelsbanken were all very friendly. I was treated as their equal, and they were always happy to offer a cup of tea!
As interns, we would receive calls from our supervisor's every few weeks just to see how we are finding the job. This was really good because, it made me feel more at home as there was someone there if I did need any help within the workplace. I also had meetings with the manager just to again, talk about how I was finding the role and if there was anything in particular I wanted to do, I had the chance to say in these meetings. It was also a way of monitoring progress as I had set myself personal goals which the manager assisted me in reaching.
I was quite busy on a daily basis, there was always something to do, it was just a case of offering my expertise to others in the branch.
I was given quite a bit of responsibility if I wanted it, and in most cases I did as it showed that I could carry out a task from start to end with no complications, and if there were any, a vast amount of support was available from pretty much everyone in the branch.
The skills developed helped a lot to understand certain theories I had been exposed to, during my studies. Today, I still reflect back at some of the things I got to learn which have really helped me develop during this remainder of my degree.
The atmosphere in the office was great because everyone would offer to make coffee's and there were always people helping each other to do certain tasks. This was nice because it promoted team work amongst the staff and their willingness to help also made me feel very comfortable.
The internship was well organised as before we got placed in branch, we went through some training which exposed us too the functions of some of the systems we'd be using in branch. This was good because when I got to my branch I had more knowledge of the systems than they expected so I was able start a few steps ahead.
Yes, there were after works drinks that occured quite frequently and these were a good way to make friends with other staff from outside of your branch. There were also drinks which involved only the younger generation once every month on a Friday and interns were welcome. Again, this was a good chance to meet and get to know other interns.