1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship and I had the opportunity to learn so much about the banking industry. I had the opportunity to network with both colleagues and other interns and this was an exciting opportunity to build long-term relationships with people in the industry. Social events were available within the interns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was placed in a team where I felt very comfortable. The team valued me and I was able to support them in their day-to-day activities. My colleagues respected my time and work and gave me sufficient feedback on any task I completed. I felt like a valued members of the team from the start of my internship.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The management in my team were extremely helpful. I believed I could go to any of my colleagues for advice/guidance at any point in my internship. I had regular feedback for any task I completed and this helped me to further develop my personal skills. Management were very welcoming with any questions I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Every morning I completed the daily news task which ensured my mornings were quite busy. My colleagues always tried their best to provide me with sufficient work however there were rare occasions where I found myself with a limited workload. In these situations, I was given opportunities for personal development through an online teaching platform.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given sufficient responsibility throughout my placement. All the tasks I completed had contributed to a wider project and my input was often the foundation of these projects. My work had to be complete to a high standard due to being sent out to wider parties; this made me feel as though I had responsibility when completing any task.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout this internship, I have been consistently coming in to the office early. This helped me build a very strong work ethic which I can definitely apply once I go back to complete my degree. I have also learned skills such as having an eye for detail, building relationships, and working better in a team.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in my office was very positive. Colleagues are always happy to help each other and there is very little drama/tension. On a daily basis, I always had the opportunity to meet new people and felt comfortable going and speaking to anyone within the office. This positive atmosphere helped me engage throughout.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I believe the placement was not organised very well. Prior to my placement, I had very little information regarding what the role entails. Unlike other internships, I was not given a week to complete any training so I felt quite unprepared when starting. Despite these challenges, my colleagues supported me throughout the internship and ensured I was adequately prepared for any task that was given to me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company providing me with an online training platform where I could develop my personal skills. Despite Excel not being a pivotal skill in this internship, I had the opportunity to develop this in my spare time. This is a skill which I can definitely use in any job I take in the future.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects in the organisation are quite appealing. I am interested in joining the graduate scheme as I feel the company will be able to support me as a graduate. The environment is very positive and I believe working as a graduate will ensure I am equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in the banking sector. Despite having an internship, the application process to secure a graduate role is quite extensive and this has not been taken positively.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a very good social scene between the rest of the students and colleagues. There were many social events organised between the students and this gave us an opportunity to bond and build long-term relationships. I have made friends who I will regroup with in University; this has been an opportunity to meet interesting like-minded people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living and socialising in the area (EC2V) is quite expensive. Purchasing lunch in the local area can be quite costly but there are many options. I commuted 45 minutes to get to work so I did not have to look at accommodation prices but my peers have mentioned costs are quite high.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Being in Central London, the Nightlife in this area is very good. A combination of the venues and the peers have ensured the Nightlife was exciting throughout my internship. I did not have the opportunity to visit many places however the few event I attended were quite interesting. The downside of the Nightlife in this area would have to be the excessive prices.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were various opportunities to get involved with activities outside of work. I had the opportunity to join a volunteering organisation which supported students going in to university. I was able to establish a long-term relationship with the organisation and this was only possible due to the opportunities the firm gave me.