1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Enjoyed the internship a lot, really insightful and beneficial to have rotations rather than being on one desk as you get to experience a variety in the division.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very well valued, colleagues gave me tasks of responsibility that added value to the team, offering praise when the task was completed well.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A lot support and guidance was given by all supervisors - even if they thought their desk was not for me, they were very keen to introduce me to the right people.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Kept very busy, which I see as a positive thing. Desks vary by what kind of work they do, but on all desks I was consistently given work by my supervisors/other team members which was worthwhile to my learning.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A reasonable amount - it can be difficult for some desks to give you responsibility because of the nature of the work and regulations, but all desks made an effort to ensure tasks I was completing would add value to the team in some way or another.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Work ethic is a significant skill you pick up on the internship, which I think will help in all aspects of studies/work. The soft skills I've gained are definitely the most transferable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere differed between desks just due to the nature of work. On some desks, the atmosphere was quieter allowing me to focus on specific tasks, whereas in some it was more vibrant.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organized - felt like the internship ran smoothly, and this is mainly down to the experience the Campus Recruitment team have built up.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think the firm invested heavily in us as interns - not only with resources like IT, access to Bloomberg, desk space and networking events, but also with their time spent teaching/networking with you.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, the company showed it is willing to invest in us, provided we show we have the right attitude and work ethic. Felt like it was more 2-way in that both sides are equally wanted.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, the interns were actively encouraged to socialize, all of us got on really well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
In London, the cost of living and socializing is very high, although there is student accommodation available in nearby areas.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again, in London, nightlife is very good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, we all took part in a Philanthropy day helping out a nearby charity, something the company is very well established in taking part in.