Working to create financial reports on global trade and performing financial analyses on international markets
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
For me, this internship was very intriguing to me as it was the first time I got to look at and work with global finance and look at global trade and the effects on global markets of different economics factors and different economic pressures and this made it very interesting for me.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I think that I was quite valued by my colleagues over there. Though there was an obvious language barrier over there, they did their best to try and accomodate me into the working environment and support me as much as they possibly could so that I could learn effectively over there.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given quite a lot of support and guidance over there. The programme was quite rigorous and the management team was quite strict so I knew that I was getting a lot of support and guidance to continually grow as both a person and as an Economist in the future.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was quite busy on a daily basis as there were loads of things to do but this was also balanced by the fun I had while working there and the fun I had while working in a new company and this was really fun for me as I really had never worked abroad before so I never felt too busy or too overworked.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think that I was given quite a fair amount of responsibility. I was working in a highly competitive environment where everyone completed their work very quickly and up to a high standard so I had to ensure that I was working on par with them and this was really good to push myself.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I definitely received loads of skills in the world of Finance such as writing reports and analysing global trade in different markets. This was very useful to me as I feel like in the future, it will be very likely that I have a finance job and these skills are equipping me for a future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In my office, there was generally quite a competitive atmosphere because everyone wanted to compete and produce better work than others and I feel like this atmosphere was very beneficial for me because it pushed me to work harder and produce work that was better than I had ever made before.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think that the overall internship was set up quite well. They provided me with accommodation over there which was nice and they also ensured that I was close to my office in which I was working. At the office, they had clear roles for me with clear tasks to do also.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think that the company invested alot into me as they gave me many skills to write reports and perform analyses of global trade markets, but also, I highly benefitted from again, the competitive working environment in which I was placed in that pushed me to work hard and succeed even more.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would most certainly love to work with them again and I would very much like working abroad as it provides a rich new experience that you simply cannot get from working at home and this can simply be very fun. I would like to say they would want to employ me in the future but competition is very high.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a relatively good social scene in the workplace between me and the other colleagues. Despite the language barriers, we got on quite well and after some time, I picked up some Mandarin so could converse with them much easier, allowing the conversation to flow much more when talking to them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in the area I lived in was much cheaper than living in London. I paid the company for my accommodation and it was actually very nice and in close proximity to my office. The city of Shanghai was very nice with a multitude of socialising opportunities to discover.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was quite a lot of nighlife in Shanghai as it is quite a populous place. This meant that there were quite a few bars, pubs and other venues to enjoy yourselves in at night. These were particularly attractive for the tourisits that were visiting as a place to have fun.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were quite a few opportunities to get involved in activities such as company events, parties and meting up outside work. There was one opportunity to attend a conference on global trade and I really enjoyed this as it gave me an even deeper insight into global markets and trade on the international level.