1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my time in the Sustainable & Natural Resources team in Large Corporates Credit. This was my first proper work experience in a professional setting so I really enjoyed learning new things. Coming from an economic background, I enjoyed using a lot of economic knowledge in my work revolving Brexit.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given actual work to do, and I was not treated like a temporary worker, and so I felt like I was valued within my team. Everyone in the wider team was friendly and happy to offer advice and help whenever I needed. My team also organised a leaving lunch for me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had regular one to one meetings with my line manager to check in what I have done, and what I was doing. Whenever I needed help with a project I could always ask a member of the senior team, which I appreciated. Since I was working with several teams this was really useful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My workflow varied day to day, with some days more busy than the rest. A lot of the time I had to wait for the relevant people to respond to my updates/queries before I could progress, however I have tried to keep myself busy by asking my team for more work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have contributed to a number of long term projects, some of which were delivered to senior executives. I was also responsible for several presentations in the whole Large Corporates Credit team meeting, including economic outlook in the oil sector, as well as the wider economy. I feel I was given a good amount of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Since this was the first work experience I've had, I have gained a real insight of what it's like working in a professional setting. Since this was a 10 week internship I did not experience intense technical training, however for certain tasks I was given excellent mentorship, so I could achieve the tasks.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in my office was collaborative and friendly, and there were a few events after work, where I got to know the team more. This made working within the team more enjoyable, as everyone were open to help me out or give advice whenever I needed, which I appreciated.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The induction event only occurred on the Friday of my 2nd week, which was a bit surprising. My first week was not very well set up as I had no work to do apart from completing the office training videos. The actual work and the transition from application to work was very well done.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My line manager was really good in the sense that he wanted me to get the most out of the internship. Instead of giving me too many admin tasks, he involved me in interesting work utilising credit skills, commercial awareness, as well as presentation skills. I strongly developed my presentation skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The referral process from interns to graduates was supposed to be announced by the 19th July, however it was only announced on the 21st August. Furthermore even after the 10 week internship and being referred by line managers we still have to do tests and attend an assessment centre, with the rationale that "too many interns get referred."
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Since I was living in London already, I was not offered the free accommodation that other interns received, which was a bit disappointing as I couldn't socialise with other interns as much as I would have liked. I did work closely with the interns on my floor, and went for drinks/ lunch often.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My placement was in London, everything was expensive, not many work events were expensed.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Didn't go out too many times but London has a really good nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again, it's London. There were a lot of opportunities, but as a student I was limited by financials.