1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a tremendously rewarding experience to be able to have worked at Bloomberg this summer. The people are talented, the work environment is top-notch, the social events are helpful and the work itself is meaningful.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I certainly felt like that I was also part of the team and everyone treats me with respect and care. Whenever I need help for something, there is always someone there who can help you out. My views and opinions are also valued by my coworkers. They never treated me like a student.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support and guidance is always there. This comes in different forms. One the one hand, there are strong support program from top-down like scheduled weekly one-on-one meetings to really ensure that things are going alright and define future project direction. On the other hand, whenever you need support from your supervisor, you can just send them a message directly. Typically those inquiries will get answered within a short amount of time.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On some days it can get very busy when you have various events and meetings to attend but on some other days, your schedule is pretty much in your own hands. You have reasonable amount of freedom in setting up your own daily schedule so you can determine how busy you want to be really.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a rather complex and non-trivial project that I had to develop on my own. From the design perspective, there are lots of discussion between me and other members of the team, and when it comes to implementation, I get to take very strong ownership of the project.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was amazed by how many things that I learned over the last months not only professionally but also socially. The program really gave the interns many great opportunities to get engaged with the community and help you understand the firm's vision and encourages you to grow as much as you can.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People are in general very collaborative and open-minded all over. The office space was also designed in such way that it very much encourages open and effective communication within the team and across the department. If you need help with anything, you rarely hear people say no to your requests which feels great.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I cannot recall any incidence that there was chaos in the program. We are very lucky have to a really dedicated team of HRs that takes care things from immigration paper work, relocation, internal training and various other events to ensure that you are not left out and engaged with the community.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company has many resources there to support my growth both personally and professionally. We had access to an array of programs in engineering, finance and businesses. In addition to that, we were also given chances to participant to mental/physical well-being workshops to help us to better take care of our health.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The firm has many opportunities to grow and certainly there are many great things that people can try out here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
My peer group was outstanding. There were many talented people in the program from all sorts of backgrounds. Even though at times there are social pressure to do certain things when you don't want to, people will understand if you don't participate given that you have proper reason. So it was a good batch of people to know about.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The firm is located in central London so things can get very expensive here. However, Bloomberg is able to provide its employees with good compensations, so even though it is costly, objectively speaking, to live and socialise in the area that I work in, it is not too bad given how much you are getting paid.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I don't really know since I don't party that much.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities for one to get involved in the events outside work. There are many philanthropy events that you can sign up for and there are also organized outings and firm-wide summer party that you are invited to. So in general, you will for sure be able to see what is outside work if you want to.