1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Learned plenty about the firm and what a full time position would entail. Also, I was lucky to be in a team with a few other interns which prevents you from feeling isolated.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Recent graduates were helpful in providing work when I had little to do. Others were quite difficult to approach which is understandable as they have interns and new grads every year so I am sure it becomes quite tedious for them when they just want to get work done.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Weekly catch up with the manager. Always there for support but you always have to go to them rather than the other way around ( welcome to the real world I guess).
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Up and down all the time. When I had a decent project to do then you could be busy for two consecutive days feeling obligated to stay late to complete the task. When I had nothing to do which was often then the days do drag.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Not a lot. I was in a client team and so I am not going to have a client contact and anything you do for a client will be checked by someone higher.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Nothing related to my degree studies. I'm sure it can influence some peoples module choices.
The key to the experience is understanding what a role there would entail and it is definitely a shock when you come out from university. Uni is about learning- the corporate world is doing and grafting.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Busy. I was in the London office with hundreds of people on one floor.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well. Training week in Chelmsford to get us going. Weekly learning sessions from senior people from different business lines
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Can ask questions to most people and they provide as I said before, meetings which give you insight into the whole business
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. High pass rate for CFA takers
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
yes. Regular team drinks sessions and interns arranged some of our own
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very expensive- London
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not really- nothing I can think of other than meeting up with interns