1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I learnt a lot during my Summer Internship at Citi, since I rotated in 2 different teams (sales and structuring). The people there are friendly, welcoming and always help you if needed. This experience also allowed me to see how many jobs and asset classes there are on a trading floor.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was considered as a Team member in both rotations. My managers gave me a lot of responsibilities even if I was a Summer Intern and provided me with some advices to improve my work. They also gave me supportive feedbacks twice in each rotation (mid-rotation and end of rotation).
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Both managers advised me from the beginning to ask a lot of questions and told me that "there's no stupid question". They were also encouraging me to suggest trade ideas bi-weekly, so I felt more confident in pitching ideas and it helped me to learn more about the desks' products and clients.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Hours were depending on the desk and the workload. I had to work on various tasks on a daily basis: meetings with my Trading Game Team on our weekly presentations; preparing my trade ideas for my desks; helping my desks on their daily tasks and issues with Middle Office, Clients...
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Both desks gave me a lot of responsibilities from the beginning. My first team allowed me to work on Marketing Presentation (on Power Point) that they were sending to their clients. My second team asked me to work on Trade Ideas that they would re-use and send to their clients.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Firstly, I learnt more about all asset classes, which will help me to better understand my university courses in Financial Markets. I am more organised now and I can better manage my stress on a daily basis. This will allow me to work in a more efficient way and get better grades at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was really positive, since the people were friendly and caring. At the same time, the atmosphere was professional, everyone was respecting each other. I enjoyed this experience as my colleagues helped me in every difficulty that I had and considered me as a team member even if I was a Summer Intern.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The Summer Internship is very well organised. All of us (summer interns) submit our preferences to HR regarding the desks we would like to rotate in. Then HR send our CVs to all the desks and try to match our preferences and theirs. We have 1 week of training and then 2 rotations, which allow us to discover at least 2 different jobs on a Trading Floor.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
All summer interns had 1 week of training about all asset classes and compliance within markets department. Also, in each rotation, our managers did their best in helping us to understand their workload and the desks' annual goals. Finally, we could ask other teams (such as Traders and Quants) for help on specific tasks if needed.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
In the graduate scheme, we will rotate in 4 different desks, which will allow us to learn more about the various existing jobs on a Trading Floor. Moreover, we will have 5 weeks of training in order to better understand financial markets and to get a good cohesion between all graduates.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Citi well-selected all summer interns. They were friendly, we hanged out a lot together outside of work and helped each other if needed. For example, interns who had previous experiences in markets did their best in helping other interns to understand their desks' work and fulfill their goals in each rotation.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
In Canary Wharf, the cost of living is very expensive. The restaurants and bars in this district are quite costly if you want to hang out with your colleagues. Overall, the cost of socialising in London is high, but it also depends on the area you live in (for example, Shoreditch is less expensive than Canary Wharf).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are a lot of bars and pubs around Canary Wharf, but no nightclubs. Also, bars usually close very early compared to the rest of the town. If you want to hang out at night, it is better to go to other areas in London that are well-known for nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work. For example, we had the Community Day, gathering all Summer Interns from the various departments, in which we had some interesting activities in Victoria Park. Full-time employees can also get involved into associations and other activities outside of work.