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  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. The internship was very enjoyable, with a good balance between placement work and other intern projects.
    The tasks allocated were challenging and required a lot of analytical thinking which I enjoyed thoroughly.
    It was a pleasure to work with the team and other fellow interns. All were very supportive and ensured we got the best out of the internship.
    The internship was organised in a manner that would not all be work and since it was virtual this should be recognised.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. Everyone was very friendly right from the start. Always willing to help. They were kind enough to take time off their diaries to clarify any doubts or queries we had regarding the general internship or other placement related questions.

    We were each assigned a grad coach and an OPM (on program manager) and they did everything possible to ensure that our experience was a good one. Weekly catch-ups and 121s made sure that any problems we had were heard and solutions provided.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. We were always given supper by our managers. But the best thing was that we were not spoon fed how to do each task. We were given an opportunity to go about it in our own way and if it was slightly different they would always appreciate it. Our choices and suggestions to tasks that would have been different were always recognised and taken into account.

    But if we did have any problems regarding anything and requiring further clarification they were always willing to support us.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. I guess this depends on how much work you actually wanted to do. At the start I felt like I was a bit bored with not many tasks to do or that they were too simple. But this was only the first few days.

    Afterwards I made it a point to take on more tasks and request for any other areas I could help in. I ended up getting a lot more responsibility which I appreciated. The tasks I took on were then a lot more complicated but I enjoyed the added challenge. However towards the last few days, with other projects due as well working hours were like 7-10. But I never felt too busy as I enjoyed what I was doing.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I felt like I was given a lot of responsibility towards the end. My initial task was just to calculate a few baselines but then I took on forecasting and predicting figures for futures projects as well. It started with a project that had 16 branches but these would be used for a future wave 3 including 120 plus branches in 2021.

    I was also in charge of producing excel dashboards with advanced macros and formulae to be used by the team in the future even after I have left. I felt like I contributed a lot towards the project.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. I think when it comes to the skills acquired it would mainly be time management. The internship taught me the importance of splitting up tasks into smaller ones with shorter deadlines making it more efficient rather than craming it all to the last moment.

    Having to make presentations and deliver them to a different target audience has greatly developed my presentation skills and made me more confident.

    Also, it has helped me become a more open, dependable person. Made it easier for me to connect with people that I would not have done previously.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. It was a virtual internship. So not applicable


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. It was very well organised with inductions, development days, socials and presentation days making it a complete experience covering all bases of the working life.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. They made sure we listed four objectives at the start of the internship and had weekly checkups with managers and grad coaches to see if we were meeting them.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?

  20. 5/10

  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. The graduate scheme seems very appealing and something I would definitely accept if chosen for.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. It was a virtual experience. So we did have a few socials online.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. Virtual experience work from home.


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Virtual experience. Covid all closed.


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. Virtual internship with social distancing rules. So minimal.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Banking - Commercial, Banking - Retail

Central London and City

24th September 2020


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