10 week internship between second and third year of university
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed my internship, I was challenged in my work but also felt very welcome by members of my team. The work I did was very useful for improving my knowledge of the asset class and the market I was working in. The Internship development programme was also useful to structure my internship
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt highly valued by my colleagues and worked on an individual project which I presented on to my team multiple times, which meant that I was given a great deal of responsibility for the subject area and was able to tackle a relevant subject on my own with assistance from my team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support and guidance by my management and supervisors who checked up on me often and gave me a lot of feedback. I also received a lot of help and guidance with projects not only from my supervisor and buddy but from other colleagues on the team when I reached out for assistance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy once I got stuck into the work after the first couple of weeks, and it was a steep learning curve so even early on when I had less project work to do I was busy learning a lot of new concepts and using the online courses that they have as part of the Standard Life Academy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a large degree of responsibility for my own projects, I was obviously not in charge of investment decisions however was able to lead some meetings on my project, and was given a great deal of responsibility in creating a report for a client on my specific project.
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 have developed will assist me hugely in my career as they have given me a great insight into the world of asset management and a greater understanding of the technical aspects of the industry. The skills of organisation, compiling data, and summarising my arguments are also useful for my degree work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was largely positive, with a lot of rapport between colleagues meaning that the team was very chatty and would talk about investment decisions on the desk a lot. Meetings were sometimes heated but this was positive as it meant that everyone was very passionate about their views and debates were interesting.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised with a very structured programme created by HR which meant we had weekly tasks and events to attend including workshops and charity days in order to get to know everyone better and also improve our skills that would help us with our internship presentations at the end of the 10 weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested a lot in me in terms of my skills and development training, we had weekly workshops and the intranet had a number of online exercises to develop our technical skills. I was also given access to the Bloomberg terminal meaning I was able to complete the Bloomberg Market Concepts Course.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing because it was a very enjoyable place to work, my colleagues were very welcoming and friendly, the workload was stimulating and enjoyable rather than excessive, although it still pushed me which I enjoyed. The company has a very nice office in a very good location which makes it appealing to work for too. I received a job offer with them and will begin working with them next year.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was good between colleagues and other interns, we had a number of social events and everyone was very friendly. The accommodation was shared with other interns so it was very sociable and we went for drinks after work on a number of occasions. My team were also very welcoming and I was invited to a number of social events with them too.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in central London was very high however we had our accommodation paid for which was fantastic. The socialising was expensive however the team were very generous and it was manageable due to the accommodation being free. The area was fantastic for nightlife and things to see and do so it was worth being in a more expensive area.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was good in the area I worked during the week however the City is noticeably quieter at weekends, however, this is manageable because where we lived had very good nightlife at the weekends. Living in Central London there is never a shortage of things to do at night.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were very good opportunities to get involved in a number of activities, there were a number of representative groups that had events and lunchtime talks. I also got involved with the netball team and played every Monday which was very enjoyable and helped me to meet people outside of my team.