1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much enjoyed the placement. The people on the floor are very welcoming and I felt like I fitted in right away. Moreover, I was not given mundane tasks, but ones where there was scope to add to the desk, if I wanted to take the project further and invest more time.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I am shocked at the sheer number of people that I met and have got along with. But more than that, with some of the people with whom I spent the most time, I feel like I have developed true friendships and these people genuinely have my interests in mind.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was support available. However, depending on the desk you were on sometimes it was more or less available. This is very normal when you are surrounded with very busy people and at no point did I feel let down. It became a learning process of when to pick the right moment to seek that support.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on many occasions and tended to stay a little later than required. This was my own choice but sometimes it seems like there are not enough hours in the day for everything that you want to get done. Definitely pleased however that I had lots of work to do as opposed to being bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At first I was not given a lot of responsibility. This I understand to be normal as you need to be measured up before a level of responsibility is given to you. But once competency is displayed I was given the responsibility I was looking for and am very happy with the levels of responsibility I was given.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As I would like to remain here I feel like the skills I have learned will help me a lot. There are some general transferable skills that one has to improve in, e.g. attention to detail, which obviously prove useful in all walks of life. But a lot of what I learned was finance specific so may not be so useful outside of this area
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was generally a very good atmosphere, lively and fun. However, there was a week that was a bit glum due to a round of sackings.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was pretty well organised. Received adequate and very relevant training at the start. Lots of opportunities were arranged to hear from various desks. However, there were probably too many weekly challenges set that ate into time working at the desk and spent on the desk.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel like the company invested a lot of time in me. Thanks to the exposure I got to more senior colleagues I feel like my overall development benefitted massively.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are very appealing I feel like there is a strategy in place to take advantage of the period of the market cycle we are in.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes my fellow placement colleagues were a genuinely fantastic group of people. There were many activities organised on the weekend over the course of the internship that really helped develop some of the friendships and support available around oneself. Furthermore, it made the weekends really fun and relaxing and people made the most of it.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was fortunate enough to be staying with a friend so I did not have to pay rent. However, I know rent in London is very high and general living costs high too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great nightlife, plenty of choice for places to go to cater to all tastes.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Plenty of opportunity. Everyone used their weekends for this but also some weekday evenings to get involved with social clubs at work.