1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much. I personally believe that Citi not only ensures you have a really good professional experience (getting involved in many projects and that employees in the bank take time to explain things to you) but also puts emphasis in many events so you really get to know a lot of people in the bank and learn from their experiences).
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very much. My team really helped me and tried to integrate me as fast as possible. They congratulated me when I did a good piece of work and made me feel as a full time analyst, which was great.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and the rest of the team helped me when necessary and when I had questions about a particular exercise. I think this is great as when you start an internship, although you may have a good academic background (like my case, I studied MSc in Finance) there are many tools in the bank you do not really know how to use. The fact my manager always ensured I knew which tools were available and how to use them, was great.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It depended on the amount of work we had. The two first weeks were much calmer but when I started to be involved in projects I was quite busy. I always tried to do my best, which was obviously appreciated by my team and made them comfortable giving me more work and interesting things to work on.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
It was a a gradual increase. At the beginning I worked on more general things, nevertheless, as the internship went through and I gave my best and did what I was required to do properly, I started getting much more responsibility and exposure to very interesting projects. Something I really valued as I learnt a lot.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I personally believe that everything I have learnt here is very important. Not only have I developed skills in excel and ppt which are really important in this industry as well as learning about different products. I have developed many social skills (attending different social events the bank organizes) along with helping me become more comfortable during presentations.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in my team was great. I was a small team and everyone really got along with each other. We organized many events outside the office (dinners, lunch, karting) which were very fun and made long working hours much easier. In general, from my experience, I think people in Citi are really nice people and open to help when needed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very good. They took care of everything and they ensured you organized in all social events (if there was a conflict in your schedule, they tried to move it so you could attend the event). We had a really good training which also helped us to get to know other colleagues.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Very much. They organized many required trainings which were really helpful. The first week we did a general training which was important and throughout the internship we attended different trainings which were held for analysts and associates.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very good. The idea of the internship is to get a full time offer if you perform correctly.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. The institution ensured you got to know people from all over the bank (not only your division). As mentioned earlier, they organized many events so you really got to know many people and establish good relationships which is obviously very important. I believe I have made friends which will last for many years.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Compared to where I am originally from, London is quite expensive. Nevertheless, the salary was good enough to live comfortably.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in London is amazing. Really nice people and many things to do.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. Obviously you are working many hours, nevertheless, the company tried to organize different activities (events, drinks, football championship, helping in different social issues, karting).