I was a credit risk analyst within the analytics & oversight team in the Risk Division.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a great year that enabled me to learn lots about the company and division. I was given a lot of responsibility from day 1 and had many opportunities to learn and develop, whether that be through networking or undertaking new tasks.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I fell that I was a key member of the team and as valued as any of the more senior members of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We had weekly one-to-ones to catch up with my line manager, he was always very supportive of trying to learn new skills and network with people in all divisions of the bank.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On a daily basis I had some days that were very busy as I was in a reporting team, and also there were some days that were quite quiet, which was good as it enabled me to reach out and shadow others.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility as I was in charge of providing reporting materials and presentations that were used in very senior committees, I also had the chance to produce some tables that were used in the annual report.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have improved my Excel skills significantly which will be very useful for university. I have also picked up many good working habits off senior members of the team.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great, it was a very relaxed office and there were many other placement students on the floor.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was quite well organised. There could have been better communication of graduate scheme referral processes.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was able to use online learning sites such as Lynda that were really useful in developing my Excel skills. I also was given many opportunities to shadow people in all areas of the bank.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have really enjoyed my time with the bank and would definitely want to stay on, hopefully I am successfully referred onto the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, we would often for drinks and socials like Karaoke on a Thursday night.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived from home, at the end of the day it is London so socialising is always going to be a bit more expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are hundreds of restaurants, bars and clubs in walking distance so the nightlife is great.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were sports like football every week. There are often socials that everyone is invited to.