I really enjoyed the Bank of England virtual insight session. It was an amazing chance to understand more about the Bank of England, and how they are making change currently, especially the changes that are being done because of Covid 19. It was a very informative session, I was surprised to learn how the Bank helps their employees. It was a great opportunity to discover roles and learn from the people who are doing those roles.
I really did feel valued during my time at the Bank of England virtual insight session. The session host and also the employees who had talked and contributed to the session, definitely took the time to not only answer my questions but understand by giving examples and asking if I really understood what they were discussing or talking about. I think it was because of these actions, I felt that the Bank and its employees really cared and valued me.
I felt that there was definitely a lot of guidance and support was received during the virtual experience. As mentioned in the question above, I felt that the staff was very much attentive, especially when answering the questions I was raising. For instance, the session host and also the employees who had talked and contributed to the session, definitely took the time to not only answer my questions but understand by giving examples and asking if I really understood what they were discussing or talking about. I really liked the panel session because I had the chance to learn more about the roles each BoE were doing in a more personal way.
I wouldn't say I learnt any new skills. This is understandable since this is a virtual event, so I understand the fact that the BoE probably had make some adjustments that simply could not take this into account. However, there were loads of information that were given from the moment the session started. I really liked how they started with the programmes available to all levels of education. I also liked the fact that I understood more about the application process.
The virtual insight session was well structured and definitely to the point. I really liked the fact that the session was was easy to understand and the host made everyone feel comfortable to ask question add the end of each planned part. Also, I really liked how the session ended with a quiz with quick and fun facts about the Bank of England. It was also interactive, so we could interact with BoE staff without disrupting the whole session.
The general atmosphere during the Bank of England virtual insight experience was definitely calm, positive and open, which I feel matched with the Banks general aims that was mentioned during the session. I felt very happy through out the session because all the hosts of the event was very cheerful and happy, which made the general atmosphere more interactive. I noticed that people felt confident enough to actually answer and ask questions during the session because of the open atmosphere.
This question is probably not relevant for this virtual event. Personally, I do not think the Bank of England gave any personal training and development for this session - this was not the aim of the event. The aim of the event was to give a taste and introduction to those who are considering to learn more about the bank and those who actually want to join and work for the bank as an employee.
The virtual experience helped me a lot to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with Bank of England. It was a great chance to listen to the people who make up the bank. It was interesting to listen to their stories and the work as well as personal journeys. It was very comforting to know that there are a lot of people who were in the same position as me.
The virtual insight experience had definitely helped me in understanding the company culture. They gave detailed information about what the Bank of England offers to their staff like the facilities, networking events and so on. It was very very very nice to hear personal stories from the staff members - I liked the fact that they went in detail and were confident and open enough to share such sensitive information. It emphasised the fact that the Bank of England has an accepting, open and friendly culture.
For helping me to decide on my future career path, this insight session was definitely informative. I liked the fact that the hosts and employees detailed their roles - it showed me variety across sectors as well as seniority levels. I think it is easy to read about what their roles are like, but the fact that us students had the chance to actually talk to the Bank's staff made the whole thing more infomative in shaping my career path.
Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience? My answer: I was not paid or reimbursed expenses To clarify because of Covid-19, I did not require to be t paid, nor did I require any of my expenses to be reimbursed by the Bank of England because of the fact that this was a virtual session or event. Since, everything was online, I was able to attend the session at the comfort of my home.
There were opportunities for networking and meeting other employees, however, the fact that it was online did make it feel a bit different. It was definitely different from normal networking events where you actually have the chance to talk to an employee face to face and make a real connection. However, I liked the chat function, I was able to ask questions and listen to different employees and adding things or comments in during the session.
As mentioned above, there were opportunities for networking and meeting other employees, however, the fact that it was online did make it feel a bit different. It was definitely different from normal networking events where you actually have the chance to talk to an employee face to face and make a real connection. But the networking/ social event opportunities was good. I felt that the questions I had were answered in a very detailed manner.
Surprisingly, I find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work! I did not really expect to find about this without prompt. I liked listening to some of the activities employees do and I was happy to know that they were open enough to share this information with us students. For instance, charity work was something that really stood out to me as well as contributing to their own network events.
I would definitely recommend this virtual experience to a friend. This session was an amazing insight into the Bank of England. The information that I have gathered from these sessions was definitely a great chance to learn about the Bank and the people (the employees) who make up the Bank. I think also that this is a opportunity to learn something new from the staff present - like new roles, positions and details about the roles.
11th November 2020