1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Thoroughly enjoyed my 8 weeks at HSBC. The project I was involved in, alongside all the different opportunities available to work on, such as LGBT+ or Diversity projects.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was located in the Leeds office and had the opportunity to visit offices in Birmingham, London and Glasgow. At no point did I feel like I was an intern, but instead a full time employee of the company because that is how I was treated.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given enough support and guidance by my manager to work on my project. However, I was left to get on with it rather than having my manager telling me what to do, I made most of the decisions on how I wanted the project to work.
Manager was good at providing feedback when needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fairly busy. I am content with the amount of work there was because alongside other things I got involved with it seemed to balance out to a good workload.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned before, my manager gave me a lot of responsibility by trusting me to work on the project with as much autonomy as possible which was really beneficial because I was able to see my thoughts from start to finish.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
At the end of the internship I had to present my project to a group of managers and senior leaders. This was definitely a great skill to develop during my time at HSBC as it was the first time I was doing a business presentation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I found that within HSBC the atmosphere varies based on where you are. During my time in the London office, it is very corporate in comparison to Leeds where I was based and Glasgow which are very chilled (e.g. dress code formalities). The overall atmosphere of the office was lively.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Really good opportunities to get involved in and good events held. Both induction and farewell events were nicely organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel like there was great levels of investment in me as an individual because of all the opportunities I had to travel to other offices and learn about other parts of the business.
This was great for my knowledge of the industry, the business and having the chance to network.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
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?
I was in Leeds so the costs were relatively low (compared to my uni home in London) but having to relocate meant that I had to pay double rent - drinks and nights out in Leeds are really cheap and good fun.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?