Financial Risk Management Intern at GE (General Electric)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Manchester North West
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Accountancy Banking - Commercial Banking/Finance Financial Management

Connect with this company

8.1/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
7.6

Socialising

7.5

The Role

Role Description

I worked as a risk underwriter for GE Capital, Working Capital Solutions assessing the financial risk of GE Healthcare customers across Europe.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

My experience on work placement has been thoroughly enjoyed, and the knowledge and experiences I now have surpassed my expectations before starting. A placement year is vital in gaining a well-rounded university degree and I now feel more certain in what I want to do after University.

9/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I have always felt very valued by my team and everyone around the office. Obviously as an intern you're not always doing the work that people who have been there for 10 years are doing, however they treat you exactly the same.

10/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I got tremendous support throughout my placement. I have a manager and a mentor who both help me in different ways. I also was trained specifically by another member of my team at the start of my placement which really helped.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

My daily work load varies - working in a financial role we work on a quarterly basis so I am busy at quarter ends however here are times where I am less so. I have to be proactive to ensure that I can find work for myself to do.

6/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I have been given a lot of responsibility during my placement. I have my own personal lending authority meaning I can lend money without permission. I also manage my own portfolio of countries and have the ability to talk to partners on my own.

9/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I believe the competencies I have developed on placement will be very useful in my studies. On one side I understand the financial aspect of business much better, but I also understand how to work in a large company and also the importance of culture.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

There is a lot of uncertainty in the business and that is sometimes that is reflected in the office atmosphere. However the office has always remained positive through various initiatives on site.

7/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was very well organised. I had specific training with other interns that was focused on understand the company and the business we are in. Then I went through extensive job specific training to prepare me for my role. There was a clear path of what I was doing.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I have always been encouraged to access training materials online to further develop my learning. I have also been given the chance to work outside of my role and look at different business areas and interact with interns on different sites.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
7/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

The future employment path for someone in my current role are very appealing although fairly limited. The graduate program has huge benefits and learning opportunities however it is very difficult to get onto.

7/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes I have become good friends with some of the fellow placement students over the last 12 months working here. We try to arrange social events during the week when we are all free.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I have been working in Manchester so the cost of living and socializing has been affordable. The quality of apartment I was able to afford here was much nicer than previous places I had rented whilst at University down south.

8/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The nightlife in Manchester is really good. There's loads of bars and restaurants and always stuff to do. I lived just outside the city center so I was able to walk or get the tram to virtually anywhere in town.

9/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were some activities to do with work that were arranged outside of work time however they were limited. It was difficult to get involved in other things outside of work due to not knowing many people in the area.

5/10

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