HSBC First Year Summer Internship at HSBC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Banking - Retail

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7.1/10

The Role
7.5
Organisation
6.0

Socialising

7.8

The Role

Role Description

Placement in a retail branch

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

It is my first placement in HSBC. It's been a pleasant experience receiving exposure to HSBC's culture and the workings of a retail branch.

8/10

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

My colleagues were very friendly and accepting. Yet it is important to prove yourself if you want to be valued and respected by your colleagues!

8/10

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

My line manager is an outstanding branch manager who did not hold back from telling me anything despite the fact I was only going to be there for a short period of time.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Work hours are 9 - 5. I was in charge of two business projects, but as projects go there is quite a bit of down time. Times when I wasn't so busy I offered to help out with whatever I could, from back office to front office.

7/10

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

I was given responsiblity and ownership of my business projects. The responsiblities I was given were within my expectations, so I'd say its reasonable.

7/10

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

There aren't many technical skills that were learnt or developed. More importantly I've learnt and developed important management and leadership skills with the guideance of my branch manager.

7/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It's a retail branch in a very busy area. Colleagues seldom have lunch together because they work on shifts.

6/10

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

They didn't seem to ready to receive me - many of the interns had technical issues with the system, I didn't have my access card and name badge until 4 weeks into the placement.

4/10

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

I'm very grateful for HSBC's gesture of taking in first year interns. They're truly sincere about training and development employees and are obviously looking at the long-term.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

5/10

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

Pretty appealing, although I think you cannot look at HSBC merely through a retail branch.

7/10

Social

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

Lots of events lined up for interns to socialise and to work together. I've had many opportunities to interact with HSBC employees across different business areas as well because I made the effort.

9/10

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

It's expensive here

4/10

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

I haven't been out much these few weeks but nightlife here is awesome

10/10

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

You'd have to look for them proactively and put in the effort!

8/10

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