1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The most enjoyable and satisfying thing for me was how generous people were with their time to speak to me and help me learn as much as possible about many different areas of the bank over my summer internship. I enjoyed carrying out all the work I was given as it gave me the opportunity to learn about real products and services of the business. This included a research project which I was tasked with, which I presented to some quite senior people at the end of the internship. The other interns were a very friendly and made the internship especially enjoyable from a more social side too.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It is of course challenging to add real value to a team as a summer intern but many of the people I worked with and across the whole company treated me with a lot of respect and were very willing to chat and answer any questions that I had about anything ranging from their specific role to technical concepts.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was hugely supportive and made a huge effort to impart as much information to me as he could over the summer. He made a huge investment of his time to allow me to gain technical skills while also understanding the sector as a whole. HR were also great in providing support and advice if I ever had a problem or question.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was given a moderate amount of tasks which were actually being used for the function of the team which was great experience. In addition to this, being assigned my project was a great way to ensure I was always busy as it meant I always had work/research to be doing and enabled me to reach out and speak to people (and my manager) to get help with it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given the lack of experience and level of the role I was satisfied with the amount of responsibility I was given. A couple of things I worked on went into real work used for clients so that was good to be involved in. Your level of responsibility varies across the teams interns are in.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I really developed my coding skills through carrying out an individual project over the internship. I feel these will help me with my degree and the rest of my career massively. The understanding and knowledge gained about the industry just by working in it for a summer with definitely assist me in any future roles or interviews.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The area I was in wasn't quite as high paced as other divisions and the atmosphere was great to learn in. The friendliness and willing to speak to junior people made it a great place to be. The facilities were so nice with an amazing office in a great location.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
HR are great at ensuring the Internship is fully planned and runs smoothly. There was an induction week at the start which allowed me to get to know some other interns which made the experience much easier and more enjoyable. The projects given to us were planned and thought about by our managers before we started on the desks which was great too.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My manager put a lot of his time in to train me and develop my skills and knowledge about the industry which he thought would be most useful for me going forward and being successful in the next steps of my career. This was generally the attitude of people if you showed interest and enthusiasm
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The division I was in weren't hiring from of the summer intern pool but the ability to speak to people in other teams which were hiring for next year was great and hugely encouraged. If a role at the company for me comes out of one of these opportunities, it would be great however it is only promising at best.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes the group of interns were a great bunch and we had a great time together at socials we organised and organised by the company for the interns. Its also very useful to make some good friends who might be able to help if ever you need advice or someone to go for lunch with!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home for the internship to try and save money but it cost me £15 a day just on travel. It is very central in London and prices for everything are naturally very high. At best, you can get a pint for £5. buying lunch in the subsidised canteen saved a bit
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are a lot of pubs around the office within walking distance which I went to normally a couple of times a week but didn't tend to stay out clubbing too late. Nightlife in London is expensive and ok but getting home was an issue as would be an expensive taxi if I missed the last train home for me.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The company which I was at have loads of clubs and groups and things like that to get involved in if you wanted to. I am sure you could get involved in lots of things which are your interests. generally I did not have time to get involved in this outside of just socialising in the evenings