1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the work atmosphere and environment, as well as the opportunity to engage with people in new ways (professional, office environment) and take on responsibilities that challenged me in ways I haven't been before
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
They were very welcoming, friendly and treated me with respect.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Supervisor provided me with excellent guidance and made sure I got the most out of my placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Kept busy by supervisor; any inactivity was my fault.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Felt like I was contributing to quite important work, and was not given fake work but instead participated in normal bank business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Developed communicative and professional skills as well as relevant knowledge and skills to work and employability.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I enjoyed being on the large, dynamic workfloor and enjoyed the modern, comfortable and staff friendly approach that had been taken to designing the office. There was clear team cohesion and efforts had obviously been overtaken to foster a harmonious team climate, and free tea, coffee and portions of fruit were also welcome.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation, and too the general placement, of my personal responsibilities and work experience was excellent and my supervisor made my experience seamless however there seemed to be limited intern wide efforts to provide an external experience beyond that achieved within your given team and personal work responsibilities and tasks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The skills developed through individual advice and mentorship offered, often without prompt and out of just friendliness, from within my team regarding professional qualities and training was great. I was given different work relevant tips and training, including how to be more proficient when working with excel, powerpoint and other office applications.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There was a well described, accounted for description of the process of employment and assessment for graduate level positions and the perks and incentives for pursuing it. There were also good and plentiful points of contact, including existing graduates, for an insight in to the process and its incentives. However there was not a great insight in to the process of applying for graduate positions as an intern.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a well organised and present effort to foster a social environment between intern participants, as well as efforts to meet people beyond your team, business and area as well as a conscious effort for interns to be able to engage with and talk to both graduates and more senior colleagues.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was very high, however the bank's dual provision of accommodation as well as pay for the work performed made it far easier to be able to both ensure adequate commitment to work life whilst also being able to maintain a high level of external quality of life beyond work.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life was plentiful, enjoyable and offered a wide range of options that cater to a variety of tastes and levels of prestige however was predictably expensive, busy and some experiences were often negative. However, this is likely not due to the stimulating and dynamic area in which they were situated and more just a general characteristic of nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were plenty of opportunities to engage socially with your team, fellow interns, colleagues and graduates at multiple different occasions. There was a good social scene within and amongst teams, as well as an organised effort at wider social activities such as the boat party for interns, graduates and apprentices etc.