Research Assistant at Bank of England

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£22,000 - £23,999
Roles
Banking/Finance

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7.3/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

5.5

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I really enjoyed working at the Bank.

It has a great culture and ethos, although a bit under-resourced at times.

The building is excellent and the environment very collegiate. It was good to see flexible working hours, and, opportunities to work from home.

8/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Most team members were very appreciative of my efforts and thanked me for my work.

I was lucky enough to work with a team that helped me through the learning process, although some colleagues did take me for granted and were not very appreciative.

7/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My manager helped me massively with my career development, giving me tips on how to improve, and meeting regularly to check for an update on how I was getting on.

There were times where I felt I could be managed better.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

My team was exceptionally busy and seemed to have all of the Department's high level priorities for the year! This is a exception though.

9/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

A lot! I wrote two papers as the lead author for the Bank's main policy comittees.

10/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I have learned so much and developed so much from my time at the Bank.

I've developed career skills from time management and project management and a written and analytical skills set that will stand me in good stead for the future.

8/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Often very quiet.

5/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

HR organised us fairly well with our managers and did check up on us ocassionally.

8/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The Bank allowed me to go on a secondment to Supervision as a chance to explore my interests.
My manager gave me development points to work on which were helpful.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Working from home
9/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Very appealing. I plan to go back as an economist in the International Directorate.

9/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Pretty good. We met up and had socials. Not too often though.

6/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Very high, it's Central London!

3/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Very good! Didn't go out too much though because of money.

9/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

We managed to organise some football among other students. It was either not that well advertised or I missed it.

4/10