1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The people were nice and welcoming, good connection to other interns. You will learn a lot and everyday will be a new challenge. Not every task is crazy interesting but it is a great feeling to know that you a part of a bigger project and process working in a direct line with superiors.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The connection between the colleagues is strong and they try to integrate you too. We talked about more personal topics too which makes you feel valued as a person. In terms of work especially when communicating through e mail you can interpret certain comments in a harder way than they are probably meant.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone you will work with has a different way of doing things and sometimes it is hard to figure that out. Be prepared for comments and try to implement them and ask for more guidance if needed. Try to ask for help if you need any and ask for clarification if you do not understand it 100%.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depending on the day - always needed to be flexible with hours.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Depending on the project, the stage you joined it and the time pressure/deadline you will be given more or less responsibility. It also takes time for them to explain and review it meaning that on really crazy days you will likely get smaller tasks that are more like formatting etc.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learned valuable things for life like how you can only make a first impression once and how you perform in the first few weeks is the most important as you will get a head start if possible and get more interesting things to work on and will learn from your mistakes.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was good. As you need to spend this much time in the office, everyone around you tries to make the best out of it having lunch together on Fridays and occasionally grabbing coffee / drinks together. It is a friendlier atmosphere than expected but sometimes when people chat next to you it is difficult to work - after all it is an open space office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
For banks the summer internships are a quite standardized procedure. We had 6 days of training before the start of the internship and a few organized events during the internship. The outline was organized but not the tasks within the team - whatever came up was getting done while in other banks you get staffed on specific projects before hands having a better overview of your time.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm organized a quick training back in April for people that needed support in financial training and we had a general training of 6 days. During the internship we had a few training sessions organized by our team. Some teams did not get additional training making it hard to get the right skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It is generally possible to get an offer. They do not have a fixed number of offers they want to give out in their mind before you start your internship. Having said that, it is very unlikely that everybody will get an offer so do not believe that it is only you against yourself.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The training before the internship made you meet and connect with all the interns. Within the intern classes of the people who joined full time you could still feel a very strong connection, some of them living together. You saw all the interns again during the events scheduled from HR.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London rent is about £200 a week (short term rents maybe being even more expensive) and general weekly expenses are of approximately £150. You will not buy many groceries and will have nearly all your meals outside of home driving up your weekly expenses. You will want to spend even more money for small rewards like shopping or treating yourself to a nice dinner on the week ends.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?