1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it very much. IB allows you to push your boundaries and learn a lot in a condensed period of time.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The people were great and inspiring.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
It was a good balance between being guided enough and also being given the freedom to use your own judgement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very much, although there were some quiet days as well due to the generally quieter summer period.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Sometimes more, sometimes less - overall more than I expected. I was very happy with the amount of responsibility, trust and client exposure.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed a very large set of skills during the past 8 weeks. I didn't know much before and I had an incredibly steep learning curve.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good atmosphere. This is one of the few companies that actually lives what it says in terms of culture. People are willing to collaborate and challenge each other. The hierarchy is relatively flat and seniors are approachable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organized. We had socials, training sessions and talks. Generally the organization of feedback processes and team allocation worked well, too. 3 Feedback questionnaires in 8 weeks was maybe a little much, but better than less.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invested a great deal in us and provided us plenty of opportunity to socialize with each other, other teams and colleagues.
Especially the talks across other teams or business divisions were great and allowed us to learn more about the industry in general.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Technically, everyone in the internship could receive a job offer if he/she is willing to work hard and convinces with their work. There is a final case that has to be completed in order to pass to the final stage of the process.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We all had very different personalities and background which made the social life enriching, inspiring and fun. The atmosphere was open, collaborative and positive. Actually the colleagues and peers were the best and most important aspect of the internship.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London in general is very expensive compared to other European cities. But Shoreditch is still relativey affordable and offers a very attractive social life.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great - plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and markets. Many young people live around there and it is a creative, alternative neighborhood with great freetime value.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Well, working hours are demanding but there are plenty of opportunities once you do have the free time to enjoy them.