• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • I worked as a Research Assistant within the ARTIS directorate of the PRA. I was part of a small team that had the role of ensuring the smooth running of the wider directorate as well as holding it to account. This made for a varied role so day-to-day is hard to define but some of the regular tasks I would do related to compliance, analysis of wellbeing and workload in the directorate and helping teams with their use of tools and systems.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Yes, I learnt how to use quite a few internal Bank tools. I also started to learn how to use new data tools such as tableau and R. By using Excel regularly I found I naturally developed my excel skills throughout my placement too. I found the training offering at the Bank was broad and accessible. In particular, my directorate held a monthly training afternoon to encourage people to engage in training and for people to share their expertise with others.

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

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes, I was given lots of responsibility while on placement. I had a clearly defined role that I had to own and be responsible for as well as having the freedom to take on and own extra tasks that came in when I had the resource to do so. Was treated like any other member of staff (not just a placement student) and was given a high level of responsibility that reflected that.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • My team and the wider directorate were supportive and welcoming. My year was was made harder by joining virtually during the pandemic but I soon felt settled. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed working with some people in my directorate, the atmosphere was so friendly and collaborative. The future talent team were also always on hand to help with any placement specific questions

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Friendly, collaborative and purposeful. Everyone in my area was so welcoming and I leave the placement year with a number of colleagues I'll be staying in touch with. The atmosphere encouraged collaboration without too intense a pressure which allowed you to take on and own your work without too much stress or an overwhelming fear of failing. It was always clear why we were doing the work we did which helped make the work purposeful and focused.

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

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

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • Overall, I had a great year. There were tough periods due to joining virtually and dealing with working from home during the pandemic but I still had an amazing time. Especially enjoyed getting into the office semi-regularly during the final months of my placement.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

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

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Bank of England
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Bank of England to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Bank of England
  • Be yourself! Authenticity is key. The Bank is looking for people who want to work there and want to be a part of the unique culture. It is much better to be interested and try to understand why you are doing something than just doing something for the sake of doing it. In the application process, think about what you have done that shows what you can bring to the Bank. Remember, the assessors want you to work for them, try to take your nerves away and enjoy the day. It was one of the most interesting and relevant/realistic assessment centres I came across when applying for placements.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Banking/Finance, Economics

Central London and City

18th October 2021

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