Student at Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Penryn South West
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About You
The Organisation
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Met some great people in the 2019 cohort at the women's spring week and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The graduates were equally kind and helpful in answering our questions about the different divisions as well as telling us more about the public body across the insight week.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

It was quite independent in terms of the case study's we worked on, we were given some guidance but the aim was to use our inductive skills and use our suppositions and inferences to come up with our own solutions. The staff were welcoming enough that we could ask questions at any time if needs be.


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

I don't think my skills were developed during the insight week but I feel as if I did use my existing skills in the various exercises we were tasked with over the course of the week. I definitely have taken in the information I received but I have not had to use it yet.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight day was very well organised, very good speakers from both the associates and recent graduates as well as some of the senior staff. However, I do feel like there may have been too many talks and most of the discussions were not interactive so it became very tedious.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was good as my cohort were really eager to ask questions and learn more as the majority of them have already got a finance background having taken economics and or business at a level and similarly at degree level so some of the content was already familiar to them.


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

As it was an insight week with around 30-40 female students and with so much being squeezed in to four days, there was not much time for personal training and development as the majority of time was spent trying to get us to learn more about the company and what our role could be if we joined.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

The insight week was not paid for however the Financial Conduct Authority did offer to reimburse travel for everyone up to an amount of £50 so months after I believe as well as accommodate those outside of London in a nearby hotel in Stratford free of charge which is very admirable.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were many opportunities as a lot of the employees gave out their linked in and there were opportunities to network with recent graduates which was really good as it is better to speak to people that only recently went through the application process and were in our shoes only a few years ago.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

We were given a tour of the widely used gym that is within the Financial Conduct Authority's building and which also includes many finesses classes which are very affordable and convenient compared to most gym spaces in London. Most of the other activities outside of work are by the FCA's committees.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would recommend the insight to a friend as it is something that is worthwhile if your interested in regulation and working in the public sector as at the FCA there are a lot of opportunities to travel nationwide but not so much internationally, so its best for people who don't like to stay in one place.