1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great exposure to the entire bank. Given the opportunity to navigate the entire bank and make the most out of it. Everyone was very friendly and encouraged you to network and learn about different areas to the ones you are placed in. The benefit of the rotation programme is that you get great exposure to lots of asset class divisions.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Made very welcome onto each desk. I was on smaller desks primarily made up of Directors. Everyone couldn't have been more welcoming and encouraged questions and networking. Felt as if I could ask them anything and they were patient and supportive of the learning curve and demands of the internship.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A lot of support from line managers and supervisors but also from other Citi employees through Networking- I was then able to meet a wide range of people through introductions. They offered to make a lot of the introductions and helped suggest areas that I should explore and could possibly enjoy.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Ranged from day to day and desk to desk. Overall, It was up to me how busy I made myself. Due to the nature of my desks I was not given/allowed to have much client interaction which restricted the work I could do. I focused a lot of time then on my presentation and the trading game.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Was not given much responsibility from the desk apart from making occasional client brochures. Most responsibility came from the trading game. You had to take on your own responsibility for networking and making sure that you gained adequate exposure to a wide range of departments within the Markets divisions or others if you wanted to.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Analytic skills will be beneficial studying a humanities degree. Team work always comes in handy and I learnt a lot by working in a team with different people from countries and cultures. Working week by week with the same team developed skills such as patience and having to motivate others.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Depended on the rotation and which floor you were on. Generally it was a very happy place. I felt very comfortable on both the floors which I was placed on and both the desks in which I was placed into. Some teams were much more social than others but it was up to you to make yourself apart of it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised. From the first day where we were given all the packs of information and brought straight into a welcome talk then upstairs into training. This was also well taught and was especially helpful if you had completed the online training set before the internship. Would have been nice to have one on one meetings with HR rather than group.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Company and individual employees invested a lot. Desks were very keen for you to get a complete understanding of the different departments and the culture of Citi. Multiple talks were given from very senior management which was helpful and great that they gave up their time. Would have been nice to have more drinks/networking evenings throughout the internship- these very frequent in the first couple of weeks then slowed down significantly.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
We were made aware during the internship by HR that they may take less interns this year due to cuts however they were clear that if you are good and a great candidate that they will take you and made space. However, this could be less than previous years due to job cuts.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Everyone was friendly, people were clubbing and for dinner or after work drinks. You were given the chance to be as involved or uninvolved as you wanted. Overall, the interns were all very friendly and nice and there was no groups that felt too exclusive and intimidating which was nice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Was expensive. Drinks in Canary Wharf were expensive and if you ate out at lunch and breakfast it did end up adding to quite a lot. The canteen inside the office was cheaper than outside for most things, especially breakfast. There is also a few coffee shops within that are cheap. However, renting near by is very expensive but you are paid competitively enough to afford to rent.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was a great atmosphere after work in Canary Wharf. Opposite the office was a great space with a bar which got very lively especially on nice evenings and Thursdays. There were not any clubs in Canary Wharf that I was aware of but there were enough bars that it was ok.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had a Citi Community Day in Victoria Park which was really fun. All the Interns got involved and were divided into a morning and afternoon session. This was great to get outside and was a great opportunity to give back to the community and also socialise with fellow interns in a casual environment.