1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The content of the work was very interesting. Anything I didn't enjoy was part and parcel of an IB job.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All very warm and incredibly patient. Was credited for any contributions I gave to projects regardless of how minor and the juniors pushed to give us senior exposure.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
N/A- I didn't encounter any material problems personally. Where other interns did in our group they were helped.
The only time I wanted a discussion with my line manager they were very forthcoming with their time.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It was a quiet Summer- but this was the case for interns on other equivalent desks at firms which would get more dealflow (due to balance sheet). This meant that there was a lot of time to reflect on our deals, which was a positive.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Enough. I wasn't given any critical tasks (which should not be given to interns in my opinon) but the difficulty of the work gradually increased throughout the Summer.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I study Mathematics.
I learned a lot of soft-skills and a lot about attention to detail when reading large blocks of text- but this is not overly applicable to me degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Good. Everything was relatively relaxed, I did not see people speaking to eachother disrespectfully (as I have elsewhere).
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Was well-structured re training and hitting the desk.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
People who were clearly too busy blocked out their afternoons to teach us about the product, when there was no clear value add from us if they did so.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Too soon to comment on this. Cautiously optimistic.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It's inherent in the role that not everybody is available to go for a sitdown dinner in the evenings or for drinks after work. Many still made the effort to socialise within the class even despite having to go back to their desk
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Standard for London- expensive for the rest of the UK.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
We were next to Shoreditch- if that's what you like there's an abundance of choice for bars, late night restaurants (5 min from Duck and Waffle/Sushi Samba) etc.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?