Mainly based in DCM although 2 week rotation to ECM.
Main tasks included helping with pitches to corporates and financials for bond issues, compiling information on potential investors, and existing bonds. Assisting with whatever the team needed - very flexible.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Mainly enjoyable - steep learning curve at first for those from a non-finance background, but lots to learn, and great environment to learn from.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues were always very appreciative of help, even during slower periods.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Depends on team - some were very helpful, others were very busy and did not have as much time (more senior managers, especially those who travel on frequent basis)
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Usually had enough things to get on with while not being too busy. During less busy periods there is always the opportunity to meet other people/sit with another team/ learn more about the business in general.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Interns not allowed direct contact with clients - limited responsibility in that respect, but given responsibility of sending out certain internal emails (although checked over by team)
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Many skills applicable to university and life in general e.g. knowledge of business, communication etc.
Some banking specific e.g. Excel and Bloomberg
Training in certain applications was not very useful as interns not given access to applications.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Overall good atmosphere - depends on situation. Much more relaxed in afternoon/evening. Hectic/exciting during deal execution.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall good set up - disappointed that circus skills were not on the agenda again, but get exposure to many business areas. Lots of networking events and "extras" e.g market trading game.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As mentioned before, lots of training given on different applications. Initial training consisted of M&A case study, which wasn't really relevant to business area.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Internship not complete, so can't give defiinite answer as yet.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Other interns always enthusiastic about meeting up, going for drink etc. However time restrictions didn't always allow for this...
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive, but it's London, so to be expected. Also didn't have that much time.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Went out a couple of times, but as mentioned before didn't have that much time.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?