1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Definitely a great place to start your career if this is your first contact with a bank. Everything was at a comfortable level and pace, which I believe most people would be good with. For me the best thing was the time I was left to develop on my own.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team I worked in was very supportive and always open to any questions I had either about my own project, the project they were working on and even about areas that were just tangential. For my own internship project I found my colleagues really interested in my solution, always offering feedback and helping me along the way.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
This varied throughout my internship. In my first few weeks, because most of my team was either in a holiday or working from home, I was left mostly on my own without specific objectives being settles. Once the 3rd week rolled in though, my project was clearly set and my supervisors became more interested in my performance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On average I would say not quite busy, compared to other teams. Some days I would work on my application all day, coming in early and leaving late, and others I would just spend my time following online trainings. There was no middle ground, I was either really busy or without anything left to do that has already been agreed upon.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
For my internship project I was given quite a lot of responsibility, considering how new the team was and how many people were working in my division. I was given complete control over my project, and building it up from 0 on my own was something I definitely valued as I know my application improved the process greatly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training for the technology division was not relevant for me, as I have already engaged with exactly the same material multiple times during my study and the general training was too basic to add any real knowledge unless you came in completely unaware of the IB environment/ banking industry.
As for during the internship, I managed to learn great things from great people that will definitely help me further along.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A normal office atmosphere. Most people worked from home so the place felt quite empty as well as isolated, which I do not think is a good thing for technology within banking. The area was nice, but I think there should be more energy or initiatives within the bank for a more comfortable office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was organised really well as we always knew where to be, when and what we had to do. If we had any questions at any point the grad team would help us as fast as possible and the events they organised were a good break from the normal office hours.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company gave us the means to develop on our own, but did not necessarily push it or considered the differences between interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think that as long as you are willing to settle or go some extra miles to get a team you are really interested in the prospects for technology are great as the company greatly invests in this sector. For technologists that are thinking about an engineering role, the pace might be too slow.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Most groups that were formed were based on the 'from London or not' criteria. Everyone was able to find their own group and there were certain events that helped us bond even more within the division. Overall a good social scene, but it could be better with more time to know each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The costs of living and socialising were exactly what you would expect from London- nothing more and nothing less. People who came from outside of London were shocked at the prices, but in reality, it is just an expensive city so nothing new on this subject. The high cost is not necessarily justifiable for the area, other than people can afford it.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Almost non-existent, but the offices are far away from the city centre, so no one would go there expecting to have a night life other than some drinks after work. Those that went out, could easily take the tube to another place but within the location, it was mainly residential.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?