1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed the variety in the work I have been given to do. There is a very good balance between having time for independent thought and learning, networking with people on the desk and on other desks and helping on projects on the desk.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In the times that I have been able to help my colleagues with things they have been working on, I have felt that the work I have been doing has been very valued. They are always grateful for the contributions I make and they make this known to me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Citi has a very supportive culture. From day 1 we are encouraged to ask questions and learn as much we can. No one is expecting you to come in as a finished product - they are aware that you have a lot to learn and just want to see that you have the desire and enthusiasm to improve. My manager and supervisor support me with this learning.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was suitably busy on a daily basis. There was always work or projects to keep me well stimulated and occupied from 8-8. I never found myself counting down the time till I could go home.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have been able to help on a few of the projects that my team have been working on but as I have been part of a very technical desk, my internship has been mainly focussed on learning and getting a good understanding of exactly what role the desk has in the broader Citi environment. I did contribute to presentations which were sent to clients and also got to attend meetings.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The main important skills I have taken away are in building my confidence in a corporate environment. Networking skills are something which have developed hugely over the internship and Citi has a culture which nurtures the development of these interpersonal skills. Another thing I have learnt very quickly is excel. I will take these skills and use them back at university
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Good atmosphere. Hard working with good conversation and laughs at appropriate times.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well structured. There were lots of group activities for the interns which helped us all get to know each other better. We worked in groups of 7 on a trading game which required us to have frequent team meetings and we had to prepare weekly presentations in these groups. As well as this there were lots of events to attend and networking evenings scheduled.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company really invests in us as interns, we are given access to Bloomberg for example which is very lucky. In addition, as interns we can benefit from some of the perks which full time employees benefit from and as well as this, everyone invests their time in you when they can.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The work force and culture here is very positive and one that I can see myself working very well in. There is focus on development here and Citi likes bringing people up from Spring Week to Internship to Grad Scheme to full employment so we are supported all the way through
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Very good social scene. Being in Canary Wharf, there is a real buzz after work especially on Thursday and Friday night. Citi also organises lots of intern events which helped us all get to know each other better. We have a week of training at the beginning which was also important from a social point of view.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is going to be expensive wherever you are, but Citi pays their interns enough so that we can afford to live a very comfortable life during the internship
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Personally didn't explore any of the night clubs but I know London has some great spots. The bars in Canary Wharf are all great though!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not on the internship because we are only there temporarily but I am sure there are opportunities for grads and full time employees