1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed this placement. The work was interesting, and the workload was very reasonable, maintaining a balance of keeping me busy and allowing me to get involved with a wide range of projects without overloading me. The staff at the firm were friendly, and helped me to settle into the job. Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued. My input was taken seriously, and in most projects a large amount of my work was reflected in the final project. The team were happy for me to complete tasks in the way that I felt most appropriate, and gave me the opportunity to contribute to the team as an individual.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone on the team, particularly management made sure to let me know that if I needed support, all I needed to do was ask. On a number of occasions I sought advice from them, and on all of these occasions they were happy to do so, allowing me to complete work to the appropriate standard.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fairly busy. I was given a large number of tasks, on timescales lasting from a few hours, to over a week. However, the workload was never unmanageable, and senior staff made sure to check in regularly to make sure I wasn't given more than I could reasonably handle, and consulted me before assigning work to me to make sure I could fit it in.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a good amount of responsibility during the internship, and on several occasions was given my very own project to manage from start to finish. This allowed me to get a better understanding of the problems that the team tackled, and gave me the opportunity to produce original pieces of work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was able to develop a large number of transferrable skills that I believe will help me later. My time management skills were improved by the necessity to manage time at work very carefully, my Microsoft office skills got much better, which will be very helpful during my last year of university and at work, and overall I believe my problem solving skills were tested and improved upon during the internship.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Friendly and not overly serious. While the office was clearly a place for work, the atmosphere was not overbearing and everyone was friendly and sociable. This made it a pleasant environment to spend time, and ultimately improved the quality of the work I was able to produce, as I was part of a positive working environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised. The training was useful, and my time on the desk was well organised too. The social events and the speaker series organised by HR were excellent, and allowed for a change of pace from the standard working environment. All of the instructions we were given for various events were clear and concise.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm was keen for me to get a good sense of the bank as a whole, not just the department I was working in. As such, I was able to spend time with various other members of the bank. I was grateful to them for giving up their spare time, as it allowed me to gain a deeper understanding into the type of work that they did, and how the various areas of there bank were connected.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very. I would be happy to work with the firm again, as throughout the internship they showed themselves to be interesting, well organised and friendly. It was a very pleasant environment to work in, and one that I would be more than happy to be a part of again in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. I was part of a charity five a side football tournament organised by the firm, which was an excellent way to meet people from other departments as well as raising money for a good cause. The social events organised by HR during the internship were also excellent, allowing us to socialise outside of the working environment
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I didn't live in the area I worked in, instead commuting in. Socialising was reasonably expensive, as would be expected for Central 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?
Yes. As mentioned above I was involved with sport at the firm. The firm also made us aware of a number of other activities that they ran, including various sport and volunteering opportunities. These were well advertised and looked like a great opportunity to do something outside of work as part of the firm.