My main task was to complete a commercial switcher’s project but I also had additional daily tasks to complete - mainly shadowing colleagues and attending meetings
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed getting up and going to work everyday over the 7 weeks. Everyday was so different and as you were given so many different tasks you were always meeting new people and trying new things. I really felt like part of the team and it's definitely made me look forward to leaving University and taking the next step into 'the real world'.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I 100% felt like part of the team from day one- everybody was really welcoming and gave the impression that they wanted me to do well and therefore supported me in everything I did.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was really great, he helped me settle in and regularly checked my progress - he'd always ask how things were going and made me feel very comfortable with regards to raising questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Days went so quickly! I always had lots to do - my project took up a lot of my time, but i made sure I always achieved my objectives as well and used spare time to get to know my colleagues and ask about their experiences in the bank. I wanted to achieve as much as possible during my time with the bank so i was always busy attending client meetings, visiting a branch or shadowing colleagues.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My manager gave me a research task to complete and it was my responsibility to plan my research, complete it quickly, hand to my colleagues and report back to my manager with the results. I really felt like I helped my colleagues.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It was great to put the skills I have learnt at university into practice in the workplace. Everyday I used and developed my skills and I took the opportunity to learn from my colleagues who had a lot of experience. One thing that has really stuck with me is the fact that you can't 'learn' experience- you have to go through it yourself! With this is mind, I feel I have developed my skills and gained a lot of confidence which I will definitely use in my final year at university and in future job roles.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everybody really supported each other. Obvious it was a relatively serious environment but every so often we'd all joke about something or have a chat about something that was going on. The centre regularly held team events and everyone seemed to enjoy taking part.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was really well organised. Some things could have been made a little clearer - for example finding some of the training materials on the internal intranet was difficult at times and a lot of people had IT issues - but nothing major.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
From the outset you feel like HSBC is investing in YOU... they want you to do well and encourage you throughout. From organising social events and meetings with colleagues to regular support from your manager- it's all about doing your best for yourself and the company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I'd love to work for HSBC - the company is great and really invests so much in their graduates. The graduate community is also fantastic and I hope we all keep in touch. With the emphasis on sustainability and the future , its a company that i would definitely want to work for.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I loved meeting the other interns - it was great to meet people who have very similar interests to you but are all so different. We all met up several times and it was ever awkward or 'forced'. Everyone agreed that we got on well and many people have made plans to meet up after the internship has ended.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was based quite close to my family home so I lived there whilst I completed my internship - the only cost for me was paying for travel to and from work.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Because I lived at home my social environment didn’t really change- i just saw more of my friends in the evening and weekends.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Within 5 minutes of walking into the office on day one I had been signed up to play rounder’s at a charity event! The team had read on my CV that I liked to plan and felt I would e a good addition to the team. Unfortunately the event got rained off - but there were lots of other opportunities to get involved.