1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall, I really enjoyed my internship. I experienced a steep learning curve and every day was challenging and I was learning something new every day. The environment was collaborative and challenging at the same time. Additionally, I really appreciated the huge networking opportunities that Citi provides, I felt it was easy to connect also with seniors
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by my colleagues and I felt that the majority of them were interested in my learning. Some of them really helped me and challenged me with interesting inputs. I believe the more you show your willingness to learn, the more your colleagues involve you in their job and appreciate your contribution
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I received a lot of support by all the team in general. With respect to my direct supervisor, she never staffed me formally on anything so I always had to ask my colleagues for job. At the beginning I wasn’t satisfied with this but I then realised that this gave me a lot of visibility with all my colleagues and at the end it helped driving a positive opinion about me
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I believe the workload depends on the task you are staffed on and the deal flow. I had some days that were really busy and I would spend most of my day at my desk, but some other days were more flexible. At the end, I think that how busy you are during the internship depends on how much work you ask for
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Responsibility came with time. At the beginning my colleagues were following me and explaining me everything, but as I was learning they started trusting me and giving me more responsibility. According to my experience, at a certain point you have to ask for responsibilities and this was seen really positively by my team
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I truly believe during my internship I build the base of what will be my career. Not only I developed credit analysis skills, but the internship helped me understand Citi’s business as a whole, also thanks to the huge networking opportunities that it offers. The learning curve is really steep and you develop several skills really quickly
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Overall, I would say a collaborative atmosphere. I felt I could speak freely with everyone and overall people were nice. My colleagues were open and provided me with useful feedback and career advices. However, as often happens, sometimes some strong personalities might take over, so I think it is important to show emotional intelligence and not take anything personally
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship includes one week of training and several events that helps create relationship with other interns and network with seniors. I think the programme is well developed, however some times events were cancelled without notice and reviews did not happen when they were supposed to happen. Well developed program, but with some development areas in the execution
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invest in you with 1 week of training out of 10 weeks of internship. However, I believe the way they invest in you is through people and this is why it is so important to work with collaborative colleagues. I personally found a lot people investing a lot of time in me and really interested in my learning
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. I highly appreciated the general culture of Citi, the ability to connect with a lot of brilliant people and the steep learning. I believe continuing to work for Citi would allow me develop the skills I want to develop and open my mind through exposure to diffident businesses and industries.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, Canary Wharf is an easy place where you can socialise. I had the opportunity to spend time outside the office with both my colleagues and my fellow interns. Additionally, networking events organised by Human Resources helped building relationship among interns, even from different business lines, allowing us to compare our experiences
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Canary Wharf and London in general can’t be classified as “cheap”. It then depend on where you are from and your usual standards. However I have to say that the salary compensated the high cost of living/socialising for interns. Plus, Human Resources organised several networking events where both drinks and food was free, providing to everyone the possibility to socialise
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good on Friday night. Usually went for some drinks after work with colleagues/other interns
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As interns, we got involved in the Global Community Day, providing services for a local charity for half a day. Plus, there were several events and forums that you could go to. However, I felt that work was the priority and I honestly spend the most of my time working