1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have very much enjoyed my internship here at Citi. It has been really educational - both the training week at the beginning of the internship and the ongoing learning whilst being on the job allowed me to gain understanding of the sector and the work. It has also been incredibly inspirational working with the team of intelligent people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very much valued by my colleagues. People really cared about my work and my learning. The analysts in my team have spent time teaching me from the very basic Excel / FactSet skills to higher level strategic / commercial thinking. I was given work that genuinely went into a meaningful piece of production viewed by clients.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager (staffer) has been very helpful. We had an initial staffing meeting at the beginning of the internship and a second staffing meeting in week 4. We are planning to have mid-internship review by week 5. He has always been very responsive to emails and receiving my staffing update every week.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have been relatively busy so far, spending approximately 90% of my time working on tasks given by members of my team. The rest of the 10% of my time are spent on completing training modules and general admin. Going forward, I would like to spend more time learning modelling and general sector knowledge as well as networking.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been given increasingly more responsibility as my internship progressed. Initially I was given small tasks working with other interns. Then I received tasks working on my own reporting to an analyst. From the second half of the second week, I was given more complex tasks where I was responsible for producing most of it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the skills and training I received would be very helpful in my degree studies and beyond. Studying a medical degree works well with interning in the healthcare team where I get to see the commercial and financial side of the healthcare industry, gaining appreciation of investment trends and other relevant knowledge.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is positive and encouraging. Everyone works incredibly hard but at the same time everyone is very friendly and supportive. I feel confident and comfortable going up to members of my team for questions and help. The seniors are also very supportive and inspiring, creating a positive team spirit.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the overall internship set up is good. I particularly enjoyed and valued the first week of training because it allows me to build basic knowledge useful for my time at the desk, and allows me to meet fellow colleagues and build a network from the very early stage.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company has invested an incredible amount in training especially in the first week where we had Fitch Learning coming and teaching everyone accounting and modelling. I think the level of the teaching was very good. It covers from basic accounting through to higher level modelling as well as using Excel.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The combination of the training I received, the team I worked in and the type of work involved are all very appealing. I think it is important to work somewhere where people value you and is willing to train you. At the same time, it is important that the type of work are of one's interest.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Absolutely. The interns often meet after work on Friday to socialise (although this will depend on everyone's availability based on work commitment). There are a few socialising / networking events arranged by the Recruitment team which have also helped providing opportunities to meet fellow students and colleagues. This is an important part of the internship.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It is relatively expensive in Canary Wharf however it is still affordable. The cost is relatively high but the quality of living and socialising is also pretty good therefore the value-for-money is good. There are some variations in terms of the cost of living depending on where you live and what type of accommodation (e.g. en-suite vs full suite) you choose.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I am not entirely sure about the nightlife as I have limited experience so far restricted to Fridays mainly. For Fridays there are a number of good places for food and drinks in the evening and bars opening until late. I spent socialising time duing the weekend away from the area I worked going into the more central parts of London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Absolutely. We have various networking and socialising events organised by the recruitment team, by my own team and by the interns as a group. I also have opportunities to get involved in activities with friends outside of work. Most of these friends are university friends but some are intern friends.