1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved everyday, the team is amazing and I had lots of fun. We went out, for drinks and we joke around.. During dinner I sdpent time talking and learning about the job with the analysts, while other interns didn't had that opportunity, so we were really lucky in that sense.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I think they appreciated my willingness to learn and help. We also have a great relationship between the interns of the team, I think we can say that we are friends and that is not common in investment banking I think. I also as the youngest intern with less experience felt very protected by everyone.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had questions everyday and they always helped me. Everything I did during the internship was new but someone was always there to guide me on the process. I also had a many trainings prior and during the internship that helped with the most common tasks, and whenever I needed extra time the analysts would understand given my lack of experience.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I worked always on something, I had no facetime which I appreciated. My average working day was from 9-1 am . But I had enough time for lunch and dinner, and they left me distribute my work as I liked. I was given long term but also short term projects which was great so I had always something to do, and I was also given time to go to the trainings, so it was perfect. Maybe I worked too much two weeks, but the rest was fine.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was most of the times helping an analyst of pitch books, but I think they were confident on my working standards and that I was going to finish the job asked. I was not involved any deal, so I do not think in that sense I can say I was given a lot of responsibility
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am going to be more advance than anyone else in my next finance courses. But most importantly, this internship helped me figure it out what I want in life. I know that I want to work on the financial sector covering banks and I also know that I can endure longer hours and that I want to work in an environment that is challenging but fun at the same time
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great, everyone is super friendly and because the team has a big pool of young people, with many different nationalities, it is a great place to start. I would say the only thing I miss is more women in the team, right now is not even 10%
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Yes, I had always different projects going on with different deadlines and I could work with many different people which is great so I could get to know everyone and I could also work for different countries and for different sectors. Only one weekend I had to work too many hours in my opinion, which could have been avoided if they had put another intern in the project that had capacity
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think they invested a lot, I had one week of trainings and in general this whole internship is a training for me because its my first internship so I had to learn everything from zero. Also, the time spent by the analysts to explain me everything is of great value.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I cannot explain in words how much I want to get an offer here. I think it would be amazing, I know the team, its great, I want to keep learning, the culture of the company is amazing. Here the turnover is quite high, but the industry is like that in general. So it doesn't have to be a bad sign.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, we go for drinks almost every week and for dinner too. We could say there are different groups of people within the team but in general everyone gets along really well within the whole team. We are always cracking jokes and having fun at work which I think is a very important aspect
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I think I spent overall 2000 pounds a month. I paid 180 pounds for my room in a share apartment with another two interns which I think is not that expensive for London, although the area wasn't that great. And then dinner was on the company, so I only had to pay for lunch and then going out, which in London is quite expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Eh... I'm Spanish so... The clubs here are terrible with no latin music, very expensive and they close too soon. I live close to Shoreditch and that area gets too crazy too fast. But Broadgate circle is really nice, especially since its so close to the office and so its very convenient
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not really, we worked too many hours so there is no extra time to do much. It's investment banking after all, my free time I tried to do some exercise, go out and sleep. But there is a gym in the office and I can imagine there are more activities, I just didn't have the opportunity nor the time to join them.