1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great firm culture and a solid team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Lots of independence given in the investment process. You're view matters in the grand scheme of things and will materially affect whether the team decides to invest in a company, especially if you have covered it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Staff will happily sit down with you, regardless of whether you want to talk about work, or just have an informal chat. Experienced fund managers will always take some time out of their day to chat with you.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Quite busy - but the work was solid. Virtually non-existent grunt work. The fact that your work was actively contributing to something big, kept me going.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot - and I loved it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Quite a bit. Its not only the technical skills which everyone talks about. itys more about the respect and trust for others which matters so much in the work place. At the end of the day,. you need to be there for others and fit into the team. Learning the technical in an on-the-job process.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
very friendly and enjoyable. People are focused on their jobs but get along with each other very well.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
very well. We had an on-going intern development programme throughout the span of the internship - it helped us with our jobs, and also gave us the opportunity to volunteer.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
very much so
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
yes. the 30 of us lived in the same block and got along. We spent time together at lunch as well as on the weekends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
£120 per week excluding accommodation
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
pretty decent. Edinburgh is a big city with lots to do - great bars
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
yes. The intern Development Programme let us Volunteer on an organic farm for a whole day.