• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

Opening Horizons Programme - learning more about the FCA and its role, and Assessment Centre tips. Assessment Centre on the second day.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the virtual experience and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • Learning about the FCA and its role in the Financial Services, with welcomes from senior members of the team. We then learned about different stages of the Assessment Centre and how to do well in it, before the Assessment Centre was held on the second day.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I learned about what was looked for in presentations, interviews, and written exercises - how to use my skills to apply them to these tasks in the Assessment Centre.

  • 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?
  • It was insightful learning about the FCA's role in the Financial Services industry, and the roles available in different departments and what they involved.

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

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

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


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Everyone was really friendly and it felt like those running the programme genuinely wanted us to succeed. They talked about the networks and the environment of the FCA, and how it is possible to maintain a work life balance in a role working there.

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

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • 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 really enjoyed it. It was insightful and gave a lot of information, both on the FCA and the general Financial Services industry. The people hosting and talking were friendly and showed off a good company culture. It far exceeded my expectations of the talks.

  • 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)
  • 5/5

  • 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)
  • Be yourself, and really know the FCA's mission and values and how you can contribute to those. Ask a lot of questions - everyone is always willing to answer any question you put forward.

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Virtual Experience


29th April 2021

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