Absolutely loved it - the company is great to work for, very welcoming teams and great atmosphere amongst interns. Only negative was sometimes there wasn't enough work for me to do in the team.
Interns are definitely an integrated part of teams and its easy to build relationships with senior managers/directors
Very supportive atmosphere from my team and line manager, had weekly catchups to discuss any issues and my progress from the year. Only negative is that other interns didn't necessarily have the same support network that I had so it varies a little across the company.
There were times where I had a few projects on the go at the same time and I was constantly busy which I found good - but there were also times where I had nothing to do and found myself getting bored and distracted.
I led a few projects individually which was great - but not very often.
Invaluable experience of working in a team/professional environment. Have been able to secure a graduate role with talking about the experience that I had.
Always a friendly and happening atmosphere - I was lucky there were around 20 interns on my floor so always someone to catch or talk to.
Only downside was the sometimes lack of work and during Covid the IT systems weren't ideal however I'm sure this has improved. Additionally, lack of work issued laptops was an issue when working from home.
I attended many courses throughout the year: mental health first training, first aid training, courses on leadership skills, working in a team effectively, own personal development etc as well as online training - I completed a finance qualification through the Harvard Manage Mentor scheme.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
I may choose to return in a few years, however the lack of a graduate scheme and help towards studying chartered finance qualification has put me off returning straight from university.
Probably one of the best parts of the job was the intern community. Always a trip to the pub/food and always someone to go to lunch with.
Hammersmith is an expensive area to get drinks/live but everywhere in London is. A lot of interns chose to do house shares to split the cost of living but still expect approx. £600-800 a month rent
A couple of good bars and pubs but we mainly went to clubs more central for a night out
Lots of volunteering opportunities throughout the year through VoluntEARS scheme.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
16th November 2020