1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship very much. I think the defining factor is whether or not you get on with your team and I definitely felt like I did.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues made it clear that the work I was involved in was necessary and important and this boosted my motivation to work hard.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very supportive throughout the internship. He appreciated my level of understanding and it did not matter if I did not already know how to do something - as long as I was willing to learn.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Every day is different. In general, there is always something that needs to be worked on so boredom is never an issue. Sometimes longer evenings are required to make sure the work gets done but it all depends on your team and the urgency of the work (i.e. deadlines).
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt I was given a fair amount of responsibility. I had projects to work on that were my own but also carried out tasks to help others.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills you learn on the job are invaluable and is definitely not the same as learning the theory at school. The main skill I was able to develop was Excel which is very transferable. Also, the learning curve is steep and my technical knowledge and commercial awareness has increased massively just by being exposed to it on a daily basis.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office environment is very friendly here. Everyone is very approachable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship is well organised and structured. It is clearly preplanned. There are many events scheduled throughout the internship for interns to learn about the different divisions in the bank and create a huge network of professionals and other interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The internship starts with a week long training programme to start you off. There is also on going help from your team and online training modules to refer to regarding technical knowledge.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
An internship is a good way to get exposed to the bank. By working hard during the 10 weeks, it gives you a good chance of securing a job.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are social events organised within the programme but also the interns do plan things outside of work quite often.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living in London can be quite expensive. I was lucky as I was able to commute from home.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Being very close to Central London and near so many other banks there are many nights out planned by interns in the area.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are events organised by the societies such as charity runs and friendly football matches which you can take part it.