1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the internship - the main thing for me was that even as an intern you felt valued, there were always people looking out for you throughout. The other key thing was that the intern group got along really well, probably helped by the relatively small groups we were put in as divisions.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by the full time employees as they made a lot of time to speak to you and to teach you, alongside follow-up emails, projects and social occasions. As stated earlier, the intern group also got along really well, which helped make you feel valued as you felt part of a strong team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You were given a great deal of support by your supervisors, which came in different forms. Firstly, the Campus Recruitment team were fabulous, always there to help. Then there were the business managers, who took time to meet with you and guide you through understanding the business and where you fit. Finally, you had line managers, who set tasks. This led to a good level of guidance throughout the process.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days worked very well in terms of balance - there were regular tasks to fit in, such as networking meetings, shadowing, admin. Then there was your project, we had one per rotation. Finally there would be additional tasks. Only on a few occasions did I struggle to balance the three of these.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
You had the responsibility to fulfill tasks that would augment your learning and experience - my internship was on a trading floor, so obviously we never actually did trades, though I did help with research tasks. However, just because the projects were focused on our own learning, this did not devalue them, as my line managers put a lot of effort into them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I learnt, past a general improvement in my computer skills, will not largely affect my degree, as there is not a strong link. More important are the skills I learnt in terms of networking, time management, teamwork and presentations - these will be useful for balancing university work, but more importantly will be applicable far beyond that.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was great - in the desks I rotated on there was a real team atmosphere, with team meetings taking place each morning and a real sense of people working together. The full-time employees were very friendly, and the atmosphere amongst the interns was brilliant, with us organising lots of social events.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I thought the internship was very well set-up, in that we had an initial week of training, followed by three rotations, each three weeks long. I thought three weeks was good as it allowed you to get to know everyone on the team and build a good understanding of the desk, and doing three rotations allowed you to see the different businesses.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The internship began with a week of training, which included two days where Directors and Managing Directors came to speak to us about their business areas, this was really appreciated by all of the interns. Moreover, full-time employees spent a great deal of time with you, and this was key to understanding the businesses, which were very new to most of us.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have received an offer for full time employment which I am really pleased about - my internship experience convinced me that future employment would offer great opportunities to grow my skillset and knowledge, and also to be a part of a company with great values which are clearly put into practice.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Amongst the interns there was a great social scene - we all had lunch together every day, and would go out for drinks and/or dinner at least twice a week. I think all the interns were really supportive of each other as well, which made for a really good atmosphere throughout the process.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The firm is based in the City of London, which is of course very expensive. Drinks were expensive, and of course renting in nearby places is expensive, particularly when travel is added on top. That being said, we were given a relocation allowance to help with the cost, and often did low/no cost activities.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I really enjoyed getting involved in the Charity activities of the firm, particularly as it showed how the company values were put into practice. We went to visit one charity we were partnered with, and we also took part in a fundraising hackathon there. As well as this, I was involved in a raffle and bake sale for Great Ormond Street.