1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall, I did enjoy my internship at DB. My first rotation was exactly what I had asked for and was very interesting to me. My second rotation was not as exciting but was a totally new field that I did not know of. A certain amount of time was given to us to network and discover various jobs which was much appreciated too.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
This is a difficult question for me. Indeed, I feel like many colleagues were very motivated and wanted me to discover as much as possible. On the other hand, I feel like, given my capacities (having already worked in the financial field) I was not effectively contributing much to the team. Understandably, in 1 month it is hard to really contribute but I felt like some teams just werent prepared enough to give meaningful projects to the summer interns.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
On the trading desk, my first manager did not necessarily have much time to help me but he did find the time to support and guide me. My second manager was quite the same. I feel like the buddy and mentor systems were definitely beneficial, especially when your managers are under water because of their work load.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I feel like I had a good balance during most days. During the first days of my internship, I was quite busy and had to catch up with the organisation and functioning of the team. However, I feel like I was maybe let a little loose towards the end of each rotation.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel like, in only 1 month, it is hard to be given responsibility. Most of my work was advancing on side projects my managers had in mind but did not have time to develop. It is hard to tell if these projects were truly a priority for them but they made me feel like I was given a decent level of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the experience and understanding one gets from a professional experience such as this internship is invaluable to better understand the underlying theoretical studies. Many of my courses make more sense (even retroactively) after this internship. A lot of the skills involve complex concepts explained in simple terms by very experienced employees in the field.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think it was quite well organized for the most part. Potentially, having more organized talks with senior people or a weekly talk recaping and debating the news and how it impacts the markets would be good. Otherwise the events and communication on the internship (with a good app as well) were very satisfactory to me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invested a lot in me. I do not come from the UK so moving abroad for this internship is definitely good for my personal development. I was also given access to reuters during my internship which helped me develop some skills. I think DB does a good job with taking are of each individual's development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I believe they are quite appealing. Indeed, DB has been through a rough patch recently but as repeated by HR and senior employees, this is a good thing for young recruits such as myself. DB is in recovery so a lot is to do, to set up, to reboot in a proper fashion and I can be part of this by taking on more responsibility then I might be given elsewhere.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I think there was quite a good social scene amongst the interns. I believe that 1 or 2 extra drinks organized by the recruitment team during the internship would make a substantial difference because by the end, I was disappointed to see that I had not talked to many of the fellow interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is very expensive and the City is not necessarily the best place to live in in a cheap manner.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Quite close to Shoreditch.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?