1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Was a good experience overall in terms of getting to know lots of people within the bank and also meeting other people my own age who are thinking of the same thing career wise. It was all very well organised and there were additional things put in place for the interns over the summer so that it wasn't all office work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone in my team was very welcoming and I've found the same to be true with other people in the bank in different departments.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Had weekly 1-1s with my line manager and there were weekly meetings so plenty of opportunity to give rise to any issues or questions if there were any.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My role didn't allow me to undertake many jobs due to permissions but I sat with many different people in the team and attended different meetings so that the majority of the time I had something to do. Also you are given a project and a charity challenge that you can work on when you haven't been set any work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Wasn't given much responsibility apart from completing a few tasks for members in my team that I didn't feel were of major significance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The internship won't give any help to the degree I am studying at university but will help in the future when applying to other jobs as I now have a better understanding of how the bank operates and the different roles which exist within the bank. Also, there were mandatory e-learning modules which also broadens your knowledge.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone chats in their team and is very friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Had a few issues the first couple of days when I was in the office with access to things like the intranet but apart from that everything was very well organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The bank ensures that all employees including interns complete mandatory e-learning modules. There are also many opportunities within the bank to attend talks and workshops which aren't necessarily bank related but can be applied to everyday life and work life.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
At the end of the internship you are given the opportunity to be offered a place on the Grad scheme which is for 2 years with 4 rotations around different divisions of the bank.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the interns would arrange to meet up outwith work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Internship was based in London so everything is more expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Some good places but as in London more expensive
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Given the opportunity to go on a community day and help out charities for one working day during the internship.