1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship is intense and fun. Aside from work we got to attend a lot of speakers series, networking event, trading games etc. The work given to me suits my background and is also challenging. I got to learn a lot of new skills, and the people are very helpful.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given work that was actually implemented in the business eventually. Even though I had to learn a new programming language on the desk, my colleagues were very supportive and value my ideas. This is very motivating for both learning and working. People are nice and the structure is very flat.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers are very supportive, I was given feedback on a regular basis. Every time I show interests in something they would help me finding good reading materials and spends time explaining things to me. Even when they are busy they would always tell me who I should talk to.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This really depends on the desk. My first desk was on the trading floor, when work comes it was super intense, when work does not come I can spend a lot of time shadowing different people. Whereas my second rotation is more project based, you go at your own pace as long as you finish your project.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was personally given a lot of responsibilities. The work I did was used by the business or implemented to their existing libraries. Even though I was not quite familiar with the tools I was using, I was given great help and great resources. It was nice to be doing real work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I gained was quite useful in the sense that I was more interested in programming and data science themselves, which is very useful for a math degree. This also made me interested in doing a masters in computer science later on in my life. I was motivated to do it.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere is nice and supportive. People are approachable and not at all scare. In terms of supplies and infrastructures in general, I have all the resources I need, including drinks, stationary and books. The infrastructures work well which makes the work place nice and comfortable. Nothing bad about it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised, there were no crashes in timetable at all, though in some days I need to go off desks to attend intern events for hours. But all the activities are very useful and I personally learned and gained a lot from them. The interns class are quite close.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a week of intense classroom training at the beginning of the internship, and I personally gained a lot from that, which I assume they spend a lot on. I was also given a Bloomberg b unit to use, which helped me learn the essentials as a markets intern.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, the graduate scheme is very well organised, and unique to other banks in the sense that I get to do more rotations to find out what I am actually interested in and what suits me the most. The conversion rate is decent and I would definitely say it's good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there is a good social scene amongst the interns and sometimes the graduates, we do this weekly event together so we see all of us at least once a week. We also got put into different groups and we get to know each other very well within the groups.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I work in London so it's a bit expensive, but not too much more than the average in London, meals are about 8 pounds, rents is about 200 pounds per week, club memberships are about 50 pounds per months, travel is about 92 pounds per month. The salary almost matches up.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I generally do not stay here at night, but from the limited experience I stayed here at night ( we went for a drink together Friday afternoon), there were a lot of restaurant and pubs to choose from. I usually go to a sports club 30 minutes away. Pretty good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there are many opportunities to get involved outside of work, I finish work early twice a week to go to sports training, and train late on weekends too. If you wish to do some regular activities there is definitely time and places to do so. Would say it's good.