1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
As I expected: it was as challenging as engaging. Interns have exposure to amazing transactions and a large group of extremely talented people.
As I worked more and better I was trusted with more interesting tasks: there is a clear progression depending on your effort.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Although they were way more experienced and had significantly more skills, I always felt valued by my colleagues. They cared about me and gave more importance to my attitude and capacity to learn fast rather than focusing on existing knowledge.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance were given ocasionally, although I think could have been more frequent and in-depth
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Extremely busy. Long hours, tight deadlines and multitasking. Not a surprise, though: this is investment banking
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility. This is one aspect that I loved about the internship: the hardest-working and (I guess) the ones who delivered best were given more responsibility as the internship progressed.
When the analysts increased trust in me they rewarded with more exposure/ interesting tasks
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Both the soft and hard skills that I have learned will help me a lot not only in my degree but also in my future career. I improved my financial skillset, capacity to abstract and summarize important information under tight deadlines and communication skills
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Hard work and good environment. My colleagues were always eager to help and promoted a nice environment
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
A very well structured programme overall. Fantastic training/sessions and mentoring.
My only complaint is the mismatch between what HR and the different teams want. (Usually HR guidelines are interpreted and implemented very differently between teams). I would like to have a more homogeneous implementation of HR guidelines
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I consider that DB invested a lot in me. Starting by the training, then soft skills sessions, networking events, breakfasts and the support of a Mentor.
I can say that me (an intern in a bank with c.90k employees) felt important and valued
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. It is a great bank with great people
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Sure. The general atmosphere was great: I met very interesting people and everyone was nice and easy to get along well
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Everything is expensive in London. The salary, however, is enough to cover living expenses and save a little bit
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Some good bars and restaurants, it is a good area
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?