The spring week was a fantastic opportunity to get an insight to the various roles at the bank.
I thoroughly enjoyed the talks from the employees as they were very interesting. The case studies used in the talks were very current and explained well.
Although it was a virtual event, due to the circumstances, there were plenty of opportunities to ask questions and network.
Throughout the spring week I felt valued by the bank. Firstly the spring week still went ahead even though a lot of other companies had cancelled their programs. The bank has also offered us workshops through out the summer holidays to expand our skills.
Secondly, we were allowed to participate in the talks offered by all the divisions of the bank. This was great because it allowed me to get a better understanding of the bank as a whole and not just the area which I applied to.
The guidance before, during and after the spring week has been fantastic. The recruitment team has always kept us informed of the next steps, and replies very quickly to emails.
The Q&A panelists shared their advice for interviews and career choices. This was particularly useful for the fast track interview at the end of the spring week.
Furthermore, as it was a virtual event the bank has offered a buddy to those who would like. This has meant that after the spring week we have someone to offer us support and answer our questions.
The specific business line talks were very informative. We were given overviews of the roles available in the specific area of the bank, which was great to see where you could potentially fit in. Then we had talks from employees from the various roles, and these talks really opened my eyes to the type of work they do.
The Q&A panels were fantastic as I was able to ask what skills I can work on over the summer holidays to improve my skill set.
The soft skill workshops have developed skills which will help me with employment in the future, and further academic studies.
The spring week was well structured. First we had some introductory talks with senior members of the bank and the recruitment team. These talks outlined the business of the bank and how the spring week was going to work. Then we had the talks from various departments across the bank. To finish off we had a closing talk where we were informed of the next steps.
All the employees were friendly and approachable. Many of the students participating in the spring week had lots of questions to ask, and the Q&A panelists were happy to answer them.
Although it was all done online, due to the circumstances, the atmosphere was lovely and it didn't feel awkward.
The bank has really invested in the participants. For example over the summer holidays we are going to have skill development workshops to prepare us for the fast track internship assessment day. They have also spent time to ensure that the virtual spring week is as informative as the usual in person program.
All of the talks lead by the specific business lines were very insightful for learning more about the roles available in the bank. The employees told us about their day to day responsibilities. Hopefully when we go to the offices in September we will be able to shadow an employee to get a better understanding of life at the bank.
Having previously attended a dinner hosted by the bank at my university, I already had a feel for the company culture. During the spring week this was further exemplified through the talks. We were also informed of the societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities at the bank, which are part of the company's values.
The talks during the spring week were very informative and insightful into the business line I applied to. Being able to ask the recent graduates about how their experiences has helped me to decide if this is the career I would like. When we go to the office in September hopefully this will reinforce my decision further.
I was not paid or reimbursed as this year the spring week was done virtually. However, I am aware that if it had not been online you can get reimbursed for travel, or they will provide free accommodation if you live more than 1 hour away from the London office.
There were plenty of opportunities to ask questions and speak to the employees. However due to the nature of the virtual event, it was harder to network than in person. However, the bank has offered us a buddy who we can chat to and ask questions. Hopefully when we go to the office in London the networking will be much easier in person.
Due to the nature of the virtual event, it was harder to network than in person. However, the bank has offered us a buddy who we can chat to and ask questions. When we go to the offices in London there will be some social events organised for us to meet other participants and to network.
Yes, many of the employees praised the extra curricular activities organised by the bank. This ranged from learning new languages, social events, sports teams and volunteering opportunities. We were even given an talk by the teams who run these events, so the bank really does advocate activities outside of the work place.
I would highly recommend the spring week at Bank of America to anyone who is considering a career in an investment bank, but is unsure of where they could fit in. I would also recommend it because the knowledge and advice I was given is priceless. If I could do the spring week again I would!