Summer Intern - Commercial Banking at HSBC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Canary Wharf Central London and City
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Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Banking - Commercial Economics

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8.0/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

8.0

The Role

Role Description

Writing reports, analysing companies, industries and financial data.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I really enjoyed being placed in Commercial banking. To begin with it was challenging to see where my role would fit in within the team but I quickly worked out which 'niche' I would most enjoy. Due to the nature of the business, sometimes it was difficult going out on client meetings, but I enjoyed learning, researching and evaluating the different companies and industries

8/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

It was very different than being in a branch. In branch you are introduced directly in the weekly meeting, however as a lot of the team are out and about, in some cases this initial briefing was missed - so you had to go about and introduce yourself. Again, once you settle in, and your colleagues get to know your skills they start to give you jobs to do which is always highly appreciated.

8/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

In this case, I had to ask for feedback, it wasn't done in a regular and conventional manner. However whenever I asked I always received direct and honest feedback - looking at the past, present and future.

6/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As the weeks go by, your team really begins to fully 'utilise' you. For me, its about knowing how much you can handle. Not only do you have to focus on your day-day work in the department you are in, but also you have to focus on your objectives set by HQ. I had to learn how to say no, in order to maintain the standard of my work.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I had to write a lot of reports which would then be sent to management to be checked. They were quite detailed and after writing them I would always be given feedback, of how to improve next time.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I am happy knowing that if I continued in this job role, or moved onto Corporate bankig I would be able to take these skills that I have learned. I have learned how to negotiate, write a proper business report as well as check company financials.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The ongoing deals are quite serious, which means that the office at times can be quite quiet however a lot of the time people stopped to have a joke.

7/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

I am not sure what went wrong, but somewhere down the line there was quite a lot of confusion that made my first day quite difficult. But both HR and my managers tried their best to accomadate me.

7/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I have the free roam to spend time with the other graduates and my team members, finding out their job roles and how they fit into the business. This is really helpful as normally if you say you are interested in a particular area they will guide you and if they can't help will forward you to another personl to contact. In this case, not only are you broadening your network but you are also getting to know the functions of the bank in more depth.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
9/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would seriously consider an offer.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes, I really enjoyed socialising with the other intern. The bank, internally, put some things on - but we also as interns organise events that both interns and grads come to.

9/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

London - as the capital its certainly not cheap, but you get additional pay for being in London.

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

London is a great. Its varied, you can get cheap as well as expensive - it has something for everybody.

10/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There bank is really good at mixing the grads and interns. I've been for drinks, meals and there are lots of charity work going on that you can get involved in.

8/10

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