Insight Day Participant at Bank of England

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I attended a Diversity Insight Day in which I learnt about the different possible routes into a career at the Bank of England. I enjoyed the event a lot as I am interested in working for this organisation and felt that I gained valuable advice which could help me during the application process.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

During the Insight Day I felt that there was a strong effort made by the employees of the Bank of England, especially during the networking session, to get to know the participants well and to make us feel valued. Although I only spent a short time at their offices, I felt quite welcome.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I felt that I received a lot of guidance during the Insight Day, starting from a presentation regarding Early Careers at the Bank of England which informed me of what I could expect from a role at the organisation. Furthermore, I gained valuable insights into life at the Bank from a panel session in which current employees explained their own career progressions - from university to their current role.


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

During the Insight Day, I participated in a trading game as part of a group, in which we had to react to external shocks to the economy of our country and changes in exchange rates. This was useful as it was an application of my studies.
Furthermore, the information I received was helpful for the application process of the Bank of England.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The Insight Day was quite short and lasted only around three and a half hours. However, there were numerous events packed into the agenda and it was very well organised. I also felt like I was given quite a thorough insight into the organisation and that the Insight Day had not been rushed.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere during the Insight Day at the Bank of England was on the whole quite welcoming - the other participants of the programme were also very friendly and I have remained in contact with some of them. The employees were also eager to speak to us and gave us honest insights into their current roles.


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

The firm invested in me to some extent, by providing me with relevant advice to keep in mind during the application process and also providing general interview tips.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The Insight was very useful in terms of helping me understand what a full time role would be like at the Bank of England. This was because of the Panel Session, in which a panel of five current employees from various divisions within the Bank explained their day-to-day activities, in addition to the culture at the organisation and their other involvements outside of their work commitments.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

The Insight Day helped a lot in terms of understanding the company culture as I was able to speak to a large number of employees during the networking session portion of the day. They were able to provide an honest insight into their own career progressions at the company and also explained any struggles they had initially.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The content of the Insight Day was very valuable in helping me decide on my future career path. I had already been very interested in applying to the Bank of England and the events they had planned out furthered my desire to apply to the company and perhaps eventually secure a job with them.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was not paid or reimbursed expenses but travel expenses were offered.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were opportunities to meet employees who worked at the firm. An initial panel session introduced us to a few of the employees and they explained their roles and journey up to their current roles. Another larger networking session allowed the participants of the Insight Day allowed us to speak to a larger number of employees 1-on-1 and gain a greater insight into the company.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking events were of a very high quality and I enjoyed speaking to the employees as they were very enthusiastic about their jobs at the Bank of England. The employees were on the whole very kind and willing to discuss their experiences, and I was able to add a few of them on LinkedIn in order to maintain a relationship with them in the future.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

I learnt about a lot of opportunities and involvements that a large number of employees are part of whilst working at the Bank of England. I also learnt about various diversity programmes which aim to increase the inclusivity within the firm and ensure that no one feels disregarded or marginalised whilst working for the company.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would recommend this insight to a friend, especially if they are already interested in applying to the Bank of England, as I believe that it provided me with valuable resources which could help with my application.