Assisting the analysts on projects they are working on - daily work includes requesting and sorting info from the Info Centre, updating and enhancing Excel models, researching markets and companies, and updating/creating PowerPoint slides for pitchbooks.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Work very interesting and learnt an incredible amount.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Given a lot of responsibility work-wise. Team spirit and banter also very good.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Buddy gave some advice whenever I requested it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Tough one because that is the nature of the business. For an IBD analyst, the work naturally comes in waves.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Making my own slides from scratch in my third week for a pitchbook is an example.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There is no better place to learn that IBD, and I am especially lucky to have been placed in the TMT team, where I have had exposure to a broad range of companies and deals.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Decent mix, quiet enough to concentrate on your work but you could always have a chat with your colleagues if you weren't too busy.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Mainly good, although some training seminars were not very well organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Almost daily seminars, and a full week of training at the start.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are spaces for all that impress on this team.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
To some extent, although being in IBD left less time for social events than if I had done my internship in another division with shorter hours, such as HR, Operations or even Sales & Trading, who are known for having wild nights on a Friday.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Pretty expensive, although again my only real social occasion was grabbing a bite to eat for lunch.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Wouldn't know, as stated above. But it's London, what do you think?! There are bars, pubs and clubs on every corner - you're spoilt for choice.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Community affairs project/city clue treasure hunt, university alumni drinks but other than that, not too much.