I felt the enjoyment factor was higher than anticipated. This was due to a friendly and welcoming nature across the firm and a focus on valuing my interactions with the team and the department as a whole. The internship was well balanced and the social schedule provided a nice break from the office.
I was on a four week rotation so managed to see two teams within the finance department. My first rotation in the Product Control team I was not given much responsibility and as a result felt less valued however in my second rotation, regulatory reporting, it was the complete opposite. I had an appropriate level of responsibility and the team was a much more interactive environment.
If at any point I felt unable it complete a task I felt I could ask someone without any problems. People were happy to help and happy to share their time which encouraged me to network around the department. Feedback came in the form of constructive criticism so I never felt negatively pressured to perform.
Again this was team dependant and in Product Control I was not busy enough. Having to fill my day by reading about the firm and working on my individual project. In Reg however I had a list of daily tasks that were a good balance of daily targets and time to work on alternative tasks.
I am giving a rating of 5 as it is based on the fact that for one team I had the perfect amount and for the other not enough. I do feel this is just to do with one team being a lot more old school in their approach to work
Hands down the skills and experience I have gained as a result of the program will shape my future both inside of academia and outside of it. The training at the beginning of the program was exceptional and the immersive environment is one that promotes development. The tasks I completed have me a good understanding of the role of the finance function within a bank and the ability to network across the firm allowed me to get a taste for some of the other roles as well
Internship (1-4 Months)
10th October 2019