Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    4.4
  • The Company
    3.6
  • The Culture
    3.0

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement with Handelsbanken. I initially was supposed to just do an internship of 2 months over the summer - but as I enjoyed it so much and I was doing well so they extended it to 6 months. All the staff were lovely and made me feel so welcome.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt really valued by the team. As soon as I started, they felt it was important to teach me about the bank and the way things were down. They gave me more and more responsibility which I believe enabled me to grow so much during the short time at the bank.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • When I started at the bank I really didn't know much about banking. By doing the online training within the first few weeks, it eased me into the routine of the bank whilst learning about what goes on within the bank. My manager was always around to answer any questions whether it was in the office or on email if she was out. I was also looked out for by the regional HR team which was great as I felt they really wanted to know how I was getting on - and if I had any issues I couldn't talk to my manager about

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Towards the start there were days that I was a little bored but as soon as I started asking for more to do, my colleagues made sure I didn't feel like I wasn't needed within the team. What I liked was I always had a set routine in the morning which kept me busy while everyone was sorting out what they needed doing for the day. Afterwards, they would make sure I had on-going work to complete.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I think I had the perfect balance of being given a good amount of responsibility so I felt I was important to contributing to the team, but they also didn't want to dump lots of work on me that I wasn't ready for. They were very good at delegating the different jobs around my team.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I learnt so much about banking that I didn't know about and the behind the scenes look was eye-opening. Also being able to go to the regional office to visit and see the different teams there helped me understand the wider dealings of the bank that weren't just within the branches. I also was able to grow connections with other interns and speak to more experienced bankers which I found very beneficial.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The general atmosphere was great. There were times when everyone got on with their work but also relaxed periods when we would chat or have meetings. I liked how because the branch is fairly small, everyone knew what each other were up to so it felt like a real team effort.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I thought it was very well organised. They had specific tasks they wanted you to carry out and learn about which were outlined in the pack. But also there was room for managers to make decisions about what was best for me in terms of what I was good at and what I was interested in

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I had initial online training when I was there and also a training day in the regional office learning about different departments. In branch, I also felt I had continuous development as the staff were great at answering any questions I had about the day to day things i was doing or the bank itself.

    3/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I think future prospects are very good as they have already expressed an interest in wanting to keep me on within the bank. They seem keen to get young people up and through the bank and are keen on getting ideas of what they can do to keep us within the bank

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There wasn't much in the way of social interactions from other placement students but we did all meet in the regional office training day.

    3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The cost of living was fairly low as I was living at home. However the cost of travelling to work was quite high as my commute was about 40 minutes drive.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • There wasn't much nightlife but I already had friends in the area which was fine.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Yes there was quiz nights, work nights out, a few young people in business meet ups, and birthday events.

    4/5

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Details

Placement (5-9 Months)

Administration/Secretarial, Banking/Finance

6th September 2019


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