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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Working with the Government & Institutions Fund. This team is largely concerned with Sovereign Wealth Funds and Corporate & Public Pension Funds. My daily work revolved around a huge project I was given a lot of responsibility for. The project involved working with the breadth of the company, senior clients, and international offices.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Absolutely fantastic internship. The team were friendly, the work was stimulating and the education provided was relevant and informative.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Incredibly friendly and supportive atmosphere. It was easy and quick to assimilate into the team, and colleagues were keen to ensure I met other people and teams, and invited me to social events to get to know everyone better in a different context. The atmosphere here is definitely one of the most appealing facets to working at Fidelity.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Clear guidance was constantly given, and supervisors were apt at providing relevant positive feedback. It really makes a difference when you receive constructive feedback, and you can see the difference in the work you do. The only reason this is not 10 stars is due to occassional conflicting series of advice from different managers.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • It was a good mix. My main work over the summer involved a large project, and so the workload increased and decreased at different stages of the project, but there was a definite increase close to the project deadline. Nevertheless, work/life balance is something they focus on here, and apart from the occassional late nights (more due to my (sometimes) weaker time management or late communication from sources we needed information from) there was always a decent sense of flexibility and independence.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was pretty much thrown in the deep end - from my first day, I was filled in on the project as a whole, and then got to working on it! The responsibility I was given and the impact it had was unprecedented for me, I really did not expect the scale of responsibility I was given. Although at first it appeared slighlty daunting, it really pays off to have so much responsibility and really take the opportunity to make something of it.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • My project management skills have been developed beyond what I could have imagined at the beginning of the project. These are skills that are transferrable and relevant for any work (at least those I'm interested in focusing on in the future). The training was good, and I feel like I've learnt so much over these last few months, both in terms of understanding finance & asset management and also the way the company work. In light of what I've learned this summer, I will hopefully be able to integrate asset management into my final year dissertation at university.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Great atmosphere. The people were good when it came to working, and the people were great when it came to socialising.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I think it overall it can depend on the team you're placed with. They have a good series of lunch & learns where you meet important people from all over the business who give you a good sense of what they do. But ultimately, the day to day work is much more dependent on the team you're with. I had a great time but it never felt like there was an overarching organised agenda - which although I would've liked in the beginning, in retrospect the "localised" approach I thought worked really well.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • They spend a lot of time teaching you, and people in the specific teams tend to enjoy helping you develop your understanding. I was hoping they would cover the costs of a professional qualification, but I guess it makes sense to not provide that option to interns. Otherwise Fidelity really helped me develop my personal learning curve.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • International Travel

    Company Parties/Events


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I've been offered a place on the grad programme next year. They seem to really care about their graduate pipeline, and I think that if you want a more solid chance of working here full time, the internship is really a great route for you to get to know them and vice-versa.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • The other placement students were really friendly, although it was largely up to us to organise social events with each other, although we had a few good ones organised by the firm. Fellow colleagues were normally willing to go out on Thursday/Friday so there's always a good group out for a social event.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • It's the City of London - not cheap.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Again, it's London - everything is here.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • We did some charity work as part of the scheme, you could take part in charity runs as well. It would've been nice to have a football, or team based, event of some sort while the weather was good (there were some cricket matches, although some were cancelled).


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Internship (1-4 Months)


27th September 2012

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