1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Will depend a lot on your respective team and role. Industrials IBD team is much recommended and by many viewed as one of the nicest and most technical teams. Generally, the work is very interesting and the workplace is very dynamic. There will be some tasks that seem quite mundane to you after a while, however, there are always new things to learn and once you know more you get more responsibility.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very much valued. We received many trainings and junior people took a lot of their time to thoroughly train and instruct us. In addition, whenever one of us had a problem be it personal or professional they would always find time to talk to us and we felt comfortable talking to them. Moreover, when people close to me came to visit my during my internship it always worked that I got the weekend free. Once a more senior member of the team even stayed the weekend so I could be completely free for the weekend.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We received multiple trainings through Nomura itself, not only in the first week (training week) but also during our internship we had further trainings. In addition my team gave us 5 further trainings each lasting between 1-2+ hours. Moreover, whenever we got a request to do something we were instructed in how to do it and some members of the team even took the time to explain us the broader picture and more complex things we could not as of yet be involved in.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This is not particular to the firm. But I think generally in the industry you either have nothing to do (which happens very little as you can always work on your intern project) our you have to do a lot in a very short time span with lots of responsibility. This is generally great. However, as the scale above puts 10 as perfect balance I cannot put 10 as it is certainly not a balanced lifestyle.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I received a lot of responsibility. Immediately you will be involved in doing work that clients and senior people within the bank will see. There is a good chance you will be involved in actual deal work. In addition, I was able to work with the most senior members of our group.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As I study business and finance this translates quite well into my curriculum. Generally, I think that the major learnings one gets from this internship are not curriculum-related skills but much rather skills (be they soft or hard) that one cannot learn in a classroom and one can only learn through experience.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
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?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?