1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I am happy. At some points there was very little work to do, but most of the time I could get involved by helping other people in the team, or spend time networking with other divisions. Excellent social events organised by HR. Team was very helpful in on boarding
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues very helpful in the beginning to get you started. A lot of things to get involved with by asking many people. And help put forward is greatly appreciated and feedback plus recognition is provided. Team lunches happened twice, as well as a social event and they were also happy to attend a presentation rehearsal.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Manager was very open and felt like he wants you to get most out of the work you do. He did not hesitate to walk through different areas of the field and spend some time even with the very basics. A lot of feedback was given as well as recognition within team
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Not too busy. Although I had 1 main project and many side things to do (looking for extra work at my own initiative), I feel most of the things were greatly over estimated in the time it takes to do them. A more reasonable approach to estimating workload should be taken.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As in any organisation, almost all responsibility lies on the manager at the end of the day. However I had full responsibility for the work I did (which was individual). Main project was done in conjunction with other team members, including manager, which meant it was shared responsibility across all members.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Presentation, networking, social and teamwork skills greatly enhanced. Given this is an investment bank, it is quite beneficial to get into the mindset which is present here and be on the same level with everyone else in the way you communicate and present yourself. Overall I became much more professional in what I do and say.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Some people work hard (majority), some are more relaxed. Most people are very open and friendly. Some are very very honest in what they think (which I do appreciate). There was a big lack in social events and time spent bonding together, which I feel is very bad, given most people spend more time at work than with their family!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
A lot of effort put in by HR to try get the not so busy interns time spent exploring other areas of the bank, thus keeping them busy. For those who are busy, they don't necessarily needed to attend. A project was given, which was the main working area through the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Not that much training was given. Just 2 days of basic financial knowledge, which was pretty pointless as its very briefly covers everything, so you do not get out of it much. It should either be proper in depth or non at all! The debating training and cultural awareness were excellent!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Yes and no. I absolutely love the company and they do offer excellent grad schemes. However, I understood that my field is not what I would like to do, and there is very little effort put in to try and get you seamlessly into an area you are interested in. You would have to pass all the assessments again!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Fellow students were quite some social guys! A lot of drinking events took place, as well as a house party. With colleagues its much more lacking. We only had one proper social event, and that one was organised by a company whom we are a client of. Otherwise colleagues are chatty and friendly.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Absolutely mad! City of London is crazy expensive especially for a student. A pint of beer under the office costs close to 6 quid. There are cheap nearby shops however. Livings costs are very high anywhere in London! There are places to have a reasonably inexpensive lunch but this is by no means 'cheap'
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I am not a nightlife person, although I do know there are a few places to go to in the area. Quite many pubs around which are very busy almost daily after work. I do know of a nearby bar / restaurant with a golf course which is quite nice to go to
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. I went to visit a bee hive on the roof which was fantastic. There are also weekly drinks on in the garden which are very nice to go to as they have got some fantastic views. I also visited a escape room with some colleagues. There is also a gym, and many sports clubs