1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really great working environment meant I was constantly being challenged and worked with incredible people. I worked directly with wonderful people who taught me a lot of new things. The whole internship was also very greatly run by HR who were always on hand to answer any questions and organise wonderful events.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I could definitely see the impact of my work on the overall process. I was expected to work on menial work but actually worked on live deals and contacted real clients. A lot of trust was put in my working practice and that gave me a lot of confidence for the future.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management were always on hand to answer any questions although the first point of call was always either other analysts or associates. We were given both a buddy in our own team and a mentor in another team who would be in a more senior position to give us independent advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The work load was very manageable given it was the summer time and activity was low. As long as the staffer knew my capacity, I could get done with work in a reasonable amount of time. The hours are comparable to other banks in the industry although usually slightly lower.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had to take responsibility of a full-time analyst which meant I was contributing to live deals and completing things for senior management. My work was trusted and I raised any issues while completing the work. I could also speak directly to clients which I think was very unique given my junior position.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I picked up both technical and soft skills that will stay with me forever. These skills come injunction with my studies and mean that I can now be a better student and also have an insight into the world of an analyst. This was definitely the best insight to being a full-time employee.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Lots of hardworking people meant that the office was always very quiet. This doesn't mean it was boring as you would be working very hard yourself. However when work is slow you do feel that there isn't enough socialising going on. This is probably the problem of the industry and not the bank.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
HR really did a good job in getting together a very smart bunch of hard-working smart people who still were very nice to be with and socialise with. We were given good support and lots of events were on to learn about different parts of the bank.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The first week and a half were all training. Beginning with more general training and going to a more specialised business-specific training. We also did lots of technical training and had the opportunity to learn about the different business applications in place ahead of joining the desk although we had plenty of support there too.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I could definitely see myself working for DB full-time. They really care about their employees and the chance for movement within the organisation is also very frequent. Location wise and people wise, I would also prefer it over other places. The place is also very contrary to the news events.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Lots of company events were set-up both with the team itself and with the intern class. These events gave opportunities to make real friends within the intern group. The interns were also very social and were always up for going out for drinks and other social events in the areas of London.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?