Global markets summer analyst rotating in Rates Trading, FX Structuring and QIS
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great experience, really lovely group of interns and friendly HR staff.
The internship involved rotating around two desks on the trading floor over 10 weeks and started with a week of training first to get set up for the time. The learning really helped get to grips with the work and the rotations meant I saw a lot.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Depending on the desks and the amount of time that they had to spend with you they make you feel very valued. Even when there is not a chance to be of value to the desk your colleagues are very friendly and accepting, happy to answer your questions if you are stuck.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management were very friendly and approachable. The mentor scheme meant that a senior member can give career advice. It would have been nice if there had been more consistent transparent feedback through the whole experience but the feed back was good and comprehensive at the mile stone points from HR.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Again, depending on the desk the amount that there was to do really varied. This also depended on the time in the internship. Towards the end of the internship every body was very busy as they were presenting projects and finishing rotations but earlier in the weeks it depended on the desk.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
There was only a limited amount of responsibility that can be given when you need qualifications to actively do the job. There were jobs that could be given to interns that often were but not always, and other jobs could not be delegated in that way. This limited options for us.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a lot about finance that I did not know before. Not having a financial background meant that there was a lot to learn and I have come out with a much better understanding of the industry and the business as and potential roles within that where I can see myself.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really good. Bustling and busy and always lots going on. The teams were friendly and approachable with a flat structure so that it can be easy to speak to people of all seniority levels without much trouble. Colleagues were always happy to help out and the facilities were always very good.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Organisation was mostly good. With only a few interns it was easy for us to be kept track of and monitored. There was a staffing change in HR half way through the internship which made things a bit more difficult as that was the person that knew us best but otherwise good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I managed to learn a lot and had lots of support. Mentors and buddies on the system were very helpful and going forward should be good to have as contacts for career development. There is a good network of staff for this as well so going forward it will be useful to have this.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It is not very clear going forward how many people and who will be taken on to the firm. This does not mean that the company will not support you because even if you aren't successful if you have found colleagues that like you they will help you out going forward in your career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The other interns were a really great group of people. A small group meant that we all got to know each other really well and we spent a lot of time together through the experience. Social events and training helped with this at the start and then everyone was so nice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is an expensive place so the costs were not small. I was lucky enough to live at home and travel in to work however living in the area is not cheap (central London, what do you expect). The travel options are great if you don't want to live super close.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is a great selection of bars and pubs where teams go regularly after work. Central London in general is a great place to be based and there is always so much going on around you. There is no shortage of places to go or things to do in London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again, London is such a busy place it would not be possible to come to London and not find anything that you would like to do or to get involved in. The company has sports teams and social clubs as well to help this if you find it difficult to find something.