1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Genuinely a nice, friendly environment to work in. People are approachable and always ready to point you in the right direction. Work can have it's highs and lows as you can expect, with things like hosting conference calls compared to writing documentation.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like a full-time employee; I was never approached as someone inferior and I was used well to my abilities.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Sometimes your manager can be busy, although saying that, there are plenty of other people whom you can receive support from.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Personally, I had days where I would be craving some work, and others where it would come in the bucketloads. Being in such a dynamic environment means this kind of thing isn't abnormal by any means, and when you do get some spare time, it isn't necessarily a bad thing by any means!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Probably because of the short duration of the placement, it becomes troublesome for you to recieve as much responsibility as you would maybe want. However, by staying proactive and asking for more tasks, it is possible to get more significant work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training HSBC carried out was really fun and (almost) never boring; even the long speeches were okay. In terms of it's usefulness, it is no doubt useful, but mostly generic. Working in technology I was hoping for some technical training; but it's mostly just picked up from the actual work you do.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
As I mentioned, the people and environment is suprisingly relaxed, so it took no time at all to adjust to!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were times were maybe organisation was lacking, but on the most half it was great. I did however, only get an internal email account almost 2 weeks after I started; which was a bit of an annoyance!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think HSBC did push us to be proactive and seek help for ourselves. Also continual projects and meetings with senior managers meant we were always "developing" within the bank.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing! I will be pursueing myself!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I got along with most of my fellow technology interns really well, and there were plenty of events to get to know the ones from other asset classes. We were also introduced to graduates on occasion.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being in London, it does mean you will have to spend quite a lot; specially in Canary Wharf.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I'm assuming good, although personally I don't go too often.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a lot of sporting activities; I myself went for some badminton a few times, although it is a bit from from the actual workplace (considering we are in central London - not too surprising!)