1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a great experience. One of the greatest things, that made my internship better was ability approach people from different departments by easily booking a session with them via calendar. I think not many banks have this connection between senior people and juniors. That makes it a great one. Thank you
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Collegues are very welcoming and helpful. There was never tension or anything negative in the team. At the beginning of internship, you are introduced to you buddy. That's a person who shows you around and answers any questions that you might have. I think it varies from department to department, but it was good to me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a good amount of support and training. Though, you need to work hard yourself in order to obtain the information you need, just like everywhere, I guess. There were great training sessions that I really liked - like public speaking, debating, motivation and training at the beginning.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was not very busy and sometimes required more work. Many times I would go across many managers, asking for more work. At times, it would get very busy, which I personally, really liked and enjoyed. It really depends to which team you are allocated. Some teams are more work intense. But it also depends on the personality
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount of responsibility. Even though, when you are an intern - you need to demonstrate that you are hard working and can execute without any errors and managers rechecking. As time develops and you constantly execute - responsibility level grows and you perform more interesting tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that the best skill an intern can develop during the placement is communication. It's now much easier for me to approach working people and I feel more confident in discussion of banking.
In terms of hard skills - excel manipulation will definitely be useful in the future for me.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was quite empty on my floor, so sometimes it felt like where is everyone. On the other hand, when I went to the trading floor - it was amazing, so much dynamics and action. It really depends what you are looking for. I liked dynamics, therefore would prefer it that way.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up perfectly from HR point of view. By that, I mean that introduction to the team and team building exercises , like treasure hunt, welcome drinks etc. were amazing. However, when I arrived to my team - I felt like there were not many tasks outlined for me to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Nomura has provided me with great development opportunities. Training sessions are great and extra-curriculum things are very useful, like debating or public speaking workshop.
But again - if you ask for it - you get it. Nomura does its best, but no one can make you train yourself, you don't want to.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think that there is a good chance I will come back. I am not sure what division I really want to do yet, but I definitely did like the environment at Nomura. After the final presentation, it's about couple of weeks till you get a final answer. Hope it will go well!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We bonded with interns very well, spending a lot of time together - during lunch breaks and outside work. Almost every week we would go out somewhere and explore London. Everyone is very welcoming and most of the people are very motivated, hence it's interesting to spend time with each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I mean - it's the city. Surely, it's not going to be very cheap. I think, we managed to find good places that were not that expensive. Secondly, every Thursday on a terrace, we would get drinks that are quite cheap, compared to the other bars around. So it was all good.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I haven't really gone clubbing during my internship, so will not really know. But there is Shoreditch area not far from Bank, which is famous for its clubs. And the Central London is not too far, so if anyone is keen, they can get there. Don't think it is a big problem.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were really good opportunities to join some clubs. I enjoyed playing football, public speaking club and other activities outside. The work/life balance was generally pretty good, so I had opportunity to get involved. It's all about your own time management. If you are determined, you will find opportunities and time.