Recruiting interim professionals into jobs within Financial Market. Specialising in Regulatory Compliance
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I enjoyed the placement. The people were great and I felt valued as an employee. I also had a decent amount of autonomy and responsibility which I enjoyed. The area I specialised in (Compliance) was something I did not find interesting however, which reduced my overall enjoyment.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The interns at Hays are very valued. I very much felt like I was part of the Financial Markets team and my contributions where praised and appreciated.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For the first half of my internships my manager worked part time, therefore I revived little feedback. She then left for a new job and I had to work very independently for a few months. However, the second half I had a much more supportive manager who provided great support and constructive feedback .
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most of the time I was very busy. When the market was busier I had multiple jobs to find candidates for. Then when the market was quieter I was expected to be proactive and remain busy. Some periods E.G. Christmas were very quiet.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was working my own jobs and supporting senior members of staff throughout the placement. For a few months I was working in my specialism independently. Interns at Hays have the same level of responsibility as a new associate.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My increased understanding of financial markets will be useful in my future studies, particularity in economics focused modules. Additionally, soft skills like planning and communication will help me in the future. Finally, my understanding of the job market has greatly improved, this will make future job searches more effective.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The overall atmosphere was very good. People are friendly and always willing to help you if you have an issue
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised. The first 12 weeks focused on training and learning and development. Then every 4 weeks the interns were grouped together and our performance was discussed,
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
12 weeks of an initial training planning, with classroom like lessons. There was lots of on the job training also. The best way to learn recruitment is to really jump in and the deep end and get started. There was also 3 full days of training a few months in.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is lots of room for upward mobility at Hays, and the promotion paths are very clear. I would be tempted to come back after my placement.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Very good social scene amongst colleagues. Regularly would meet colleagues after work,
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is very expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Really good,. Lots of variety,
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Lots of charity volunteering type opportunities are offered to Hays employees.