1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Quite a learning experience. There are challenges all the time.
All of the team members, HR staff and everyone else in the bank are super friendly and helpful.
The only downside is that the internship project can be quite stressful especially if you are staffed for other things and it's difficult to apply to work on weekends.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Interns can gradually take on more responsibility if you can progress. By the end of the internship, its quite likely that you will be doing tasks independently. Sometimes you can give input to your slides etc.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There are lots of discussions going on between interns and intern managers, at least weekly. We can always tell them if we want more tasks or we are struggling.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the start, it was quite chill, because you have lots of IT stuff to set up before you can work and you barely know anything. But when you progress, you can be very busy. You can barely leave on the same day you come. However, there is no facetime culture here. You can leave very early if you have finished your tasks and no one needs help. You will even be asked to leave if you just hang around pretending doing stuff.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
It really depends on personal capability. I felt I have been given enough responsibility that I can just handle. If you do well and ask for more, they are willing to give more.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Slides and Excel short cuts and all sorts of software such as Factset and Bloomberg are not the only thing I learnt. I also learnt how to manage my time and how to get organised. Most importantly, I learnt what IBD is works, what areas I need to improve on in the future and if I want to do IBD at DB after I graduate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
very friendly and helpful.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
very organised. There are lots of events and training.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Seniors are willing to take their valuable time to give talks to us, answer questions and have breakfast with us.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The team is very strong.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive but affordable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Many bars around the office.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Many, both with the team and with other fellow interns and graduates.