• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

A 3-day programme comprising of several Q&A sessions with internal and external panellists, sessions on key personal/employment skills and an assessment centre, among other things.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the virtual experience and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • The first day of the programme consisted of an introductory talk from Sheldon Mills. Next was a chance to speak to graduates at the FCA, who kindly fielded our questions and gave us their experiences. We then prepared for the assessment centre that came the following day, comprising of a written exercise, interview and briefing exercise. To finish, we were given several skill-based sessions from expert professionals, relating to general employability and self-management.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have certainly developed my interpersonal skills by spending time with people I had not met prior. My experience with Assessment Centres has been enhanced, I am now more familiar with the type of activities I may be expected to take part in. We took part in sessions around employability which have helped me develop my personal brand.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • I was aware of the FCA beforehand but cannot say I knew everything about what they did and the workplace culture. I now know what it takes to be a successful candidate and valuable colleague, but also what holding the position as the chief financial regulator entails. The breadth of work that the FCA deals with is very impressive and frankly fascinating.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the virtual experience
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the virtual experience
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the virtual experience
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The company culture is influenced by JEDS, a four-part framework listing key areas that a successful candidate/staff member must be strong in. The focus on diversity was very empowering, the FCA team showed great attention to detail and a genuine drive to achieve the objectives of the programme.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your virtual experience?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?
  • I enjoyed the general feeling of inclusiveness. There was never a moment where I felt I had to listen without being given the opportunity to ask questions and clarify things. We were all on the same page throughout the programme and each team member was willing to participate as best they could. The assessment centre was challenging but interesting. I was familiar with the structure of the written exercise but still felt pushed intellectually.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the virtual experience
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Research and understand the culture of the firm. Understand what it is the FCA does and that their main goal is to act in the public interest and protect vulnerable individuals/firms. Prepare to be challenged in the Assessment Centre; you will have to be able to handle data and come to reasonable conclusions.

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Virtual Experience

Banking/Finance, Financial Management, Public Sector/Governmental

17th February 2021

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