1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was very well structured form the first day. You get a lot of chances to network with people from different departments and also people who are more senior. Everybody is very helpful, supporting and approachable. The whole working environment is very encouraging and collaborative which makes the work even more interesting and fun.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All the teams I got to join during the internship were very open and collaborative. My colleagues made it clear from the very beginning that I could ask any questions and they are always open to help. Even though you are an intern, you get valuable tasks to do which contribute to the overall success of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My Team Leaders were very supportive from the very beginning. I had regular check ups with them and a mid- and end Evaluation. In all the feedback opportunities I got valuable feedback that I could use to improve myself and grow. The Managers also helped me a lot to connect with other people.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In both departments, Sales and Analytics, I had a good amount of workload. Analytics is more structured and you need to follow a set schedule. However, they make the schedule very varied so you don't do the same task all day long which makes it very fun. In Sales you are more flexible and can schedule your own time. The task varied a lot as well. From prospecting to calling to Project work - you are not getting bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
In both departments, Sales and Analytics, you are calling clients and even going to client meetings from the very beginning of the internship. By doing so you take on a lot of responsibility from the first day on. This offers a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and learn new skills.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During the internship you are involved in a lot of different projects with different people and different departments. This requires a lot of coordination and a good time management. Before you call or visit a client you need to research in detail about the client which will enhance your research skills and your professionalism. Further you develop soft skills like presentation skills or interpersonal skills which are very helpful in general.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The overall atmosphere in the office is very positive, open and collaborative. The people around you are very approachable and supportive. Even though people are busy with their own workload, you will always find other employees trying to make time for you. Further the people around you are a lot of fun so it makes work overall more fun.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship is very well organized. From the first day you arrive to your Exit Interview, everything is extremely well planned. There is a whole team involved which organizes talks, events, competitions etc. for the interns. Your daily workflow is also very well structured. Tasks are not repetitive but rather diverse and differ from week to week.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As the internship is relatively short (10 weeks) the training you receive is naturally more compact. During the first week you receive training in the navigation of the terminal as well as on asset classes and different player types. During the internship you always have the option to approach people and shadow their daily workflow and get a better idea of the product and the client.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
During the internship you get a very good idea of both departments, Sales & Analytics, as well as the culture, which gives you a very good idea of what your work will look like. Due to the fact that the company invests a lot in their employees in terms of education and personal development makes Bloomberg a very appealing future employer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
During the internship you mostly interact with fellow interns from the same department. However there are plenty of events organised which give you the possibility to network with interns from other departments. Overall the atmosphere along the interns was very positive. Event though we had many competitions there was no rivalry among the cohort.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Compared to other cities in Europe, London is definitely more costly. This is true for both living as well as socializing. Obviously rent varies from the area you live in. Generally speaking overall rent is very high for the standard you receive. However, due to the starter bonus you get in your first month in addition to your monthly salary at Bloomberg you can afford living while maintaining a good social live in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In the area around the Bloomberg office there are plenty of Bars and Pubs for all types of people and tastes. There is the very Bloomberg famous Pub called Sugarloaf where you will always meet somebody (after work) who is a Bloomberg employee. Other than that the area is full of nice places to drink, eat and have fun.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As an Intern at Bloomberg you have very fixed working hours from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. Managers and people involved with Interns take those hours quite seriously which means you are not asked to do extra hours or stay in the office after 6.00 pm. This leaves plenty of time to explore London after work and engage in social activities.