Worked in GIB floor for RBC. Responsibilities included working on pitchbooks, building databases, research, admin work.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it very much. I felt like I gained a comprehensive insight into how investment banking works, and gained exposure into many different facets of the business.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The analysts tried to make the work as enjoyable as they could, and by the end they began to trust me and place more faith in me. Although at the start I don't think I knew enough to really add value, I think this changed by the end.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Although they were busy for large parts of the day, my team did try to help and provide guidance when they can. Sometimes this was hard to do due to time restrictions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The work day varied at different times. Some periods were extremely hectic and fast paced, whilst I also had times where the opposite was true. In general, I was quite busy most of the time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At the start, very little, but this changed as the internship progressed. By the end I felt that I was given moderate responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I learnt in some cases were very specific to banking, and I think that would not be very sited to a non-financial environment. On the other hand, I do believe that I learnt soft skills that would be helpful in many other areas of work, such as time management, public speaking and working efficiently.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It could be quite tense at times due to the stresses of the job. In general I would say that it ranged from tense to relatively calm.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well. We were given a weeks training at the start, followed by hitting the desks in the next week. Once we hit the desks, our responsibilities and work began to increase by the week.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a range of HR events which allowed us to look at other areas on the floor, as well as helping to improve on our public speaking. Furthermore, we were tasked with doing a group project which i feel helped me to improve my communication skills and working in teams.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Fairly good. there are clear opportunities to advance.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
A major thing for me was that the group of interns all became good friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Due to the long hours, chances to socialise were not very frequent. In terms of the cost of living, the internship was based in London and so had extremely high costs
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Due to the long work hours, this rarely happened.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Long hours so no not really. There was one or two HR events but these were infrequent.