1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I found the entire experience enjoyable, interesting, engaging and useful for my future career. I enjoyed the chance to do real hands on work within a welcoming and engaging team. I also really enjoyed the opportunities to meet so many people, including directors, as well as people from across the bank - giving you an idea and overview of the different roles and departments within Barclays, not just of your own team . Some intern talks were really interesting and useful.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt well valued from day one, everyone on my team made the time to welcome me and have a virtual welcome chat. Everyone I spoke to throughout my time here was more than happy to make time to speak to you about anything from career advice to just giving overviews of their roles. They were also very happy to put you in contact with other people to help you to reach out to people in different departments/roles,
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For a few weeks of my internship I encountered some big technical issues which were out of my control. Throughout this my mentor, line managers, and people I had met through networking and group projects were all extremely supportive in trying to get the issues fixed for me. They all took time out of their days to contact various people to look at my issue, as well as checking in on how i was coping with the situation. I also had some excellent mentors.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to technical issues for a couple of weeks I was unable to complete any of the tasks planned for me to do. I couldn't access any emails or software so I did not have much in terms of hands on work to do. My team made sure I was still included in any team meetings, and I could still attend the intern events. Other than that I did not have much to do so spent a long time doing online learning. For the last two weeks of my internship I had a good amount of things to be getting on with as well as various talks or meetings to go to, without feeling overwhelmed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned before due to technical issues I could not complete all of the work that had been set aside for me. The work I did do felt relevant and I was given "real" work that was then reviewed by line managers ebfore being submitted. I also had several opportunities to create presentations to give insights on things both independently and in a group setting. These were genuine areas that needed improvement and we were able to give our direct feedback and suggestions to be used.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was given the opportunity to develop a large range of skills through workshops, online learning, talks, group projects, and hands on experience within my team. I learnt skills that can be applied to both my future career and university studies such as networking, presentation skills, team work etc. I also learnt about specific technical skills such as using excel to analyse and present data, and I made use of the online learning surplus to learn about different areas of the bank to get a good understanding of the bank as a whole and the jobs it has to offer. I also felt that even though the internship was virtual, this helped with my communication skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Unfortunately due to the pandemic my internship was entirely online so I cannot directly comment on in office atmosphere. However, I was involved in regular team calls in which we would discuss where everyone was up to and what deadlines there were that week etc. Everyone made the time to welcome me and a quick chat to get to know me. This gave me a good idea of the friendly, and welcoming atmosphere I would have experienced in the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The technical side of the internship was not well organised, the virtual desktop we were given to use was not fully functional and the IT support team could not help or fix any issues when they did arise, and it took a long time to get anywhere with these issues. The intern talks/workshops were mostly as well organised as they could have been due to the circumstances, and people worked hard to set up and organised our team projects and meetings with directors. However, some of these talks such as networking where organised for too far into the internship to be as useful as they could have been.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a good amount of online learning resources available to us, both relevant to Barclays and general education/future career skills. This was a really good opportunity to educate yourself further on career paths or topics of interest to you. They also provided some useful online talks/workshops such as Microsoft Excel training as well as networking and personal brand skills etc. You were then given opportunities to use these skills you'd developed. I feel they are commuted to giving you good training and development as they are looking for their future graduate scheme employees.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The internship has painted Barclays as a great place for your future career. Both the people I have met and the work I've been involved with have made it an attractive place to work. Many graduates will also be interested in the freedom and choice of which department/field you'd like to work in. It's also made clear there are plenty of opportunities and you are encouraged to move around the bank, which for many students unsure of what they'd like to work in this is really good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Not particularly, but this was due to it being online.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
N/A as internship was 100% online, however a good relocation fee was included in the pay.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
N/A as internship was 100% online
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?