Creating financial models of companies, creating presentation slides and pitchbooks, brokering work for clients, market and company research.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was very long hours, but the work was not impossible. It would definitely be better to work there than to intern because you just don't know enough to be really helpful.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
the problem lies in the fact that I had to be taught to do anything that they wanted me to do and that even then it would take me much longer than if they were to do it themselves, so I don't feel that I was particularly valuable as a colleague, but I liked the team that I worked with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I received a fair amount of guidance, but there is so much to learn from basic financial terms to advanced concepts that I felt bad asking so many questions when the team were clearly very busy, but they were usually willing to help me out.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It ranged from having nothing to do for hours at a stretch to having so much to do that I slept for 11 hours in 4 days.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Not a significant amount, for the reasons given above.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am much better at time manageemnt, concentrating, and being self-disciplined, and I have discovered that I can push myself much harder than I thought.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Had sports on the tv which was great but most people ate lunch at their desks, which I hate.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would have liked to do a rotation to other departments, because you get no choice in where you work within the division you apply to, but other than that it was done well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had some excel training, a lot of finance training, learning valuation methodologies etc. but these were only presentations, not active learning experiences.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Only halfway through but think it's going ok, very hard to tell.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Pretty good, although everyone was working so hard that there wasn't much time for socialising.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home, which saved me a huge amount of money. The city isn't cheap for staples like coffee or sandwiches, but drinks and other food can be prohibitively expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Shoreditch is just down the road, and that's full of great nightlife, but I had few opportunities to go out there because I was so tired on a friday and I went home at the same time as the clubbers on other weekdays.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
None. There was inter-desk football, but I was not invited to play.