I was on a rotation through the different areas of BDO Stoy Hayward Investment Management, day to day activities varied depending on which business stream I was involved with. This included the asset management, private wealth management, compliance and actuarial departments.
I also had to produce several presentations during the course of the internship.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The experience was very good, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with BDOSHIM and am sure it will add weight to my CV.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone that I worked with was extremely appreciative of my help (even though they were taking time out to explain things to me).
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support and guidance by management was exceptional, I had daily conversations with very senior members of staff who were happy to have me help out with their work load. The office has a very open plan feel where everybody is approachable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I could have coped with more work, but I was never empty handed for long.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During a six week internship it is difficult to really take much responsibility. I'm sure as a graduate the firm would encourage people to take personal responsibility.
I was however accountable for the work I did, especially with the compliance team - so to a certain extent there was responsibility during the placement.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was exposed to a wide range of skills all of which will help me later in life in some capacity.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone in the office was really friendly and really hard working - it was a perfect balance between the two. There was also daily free fruit and office drinks every month that really boosted the atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
You are responsible for organising what you do on your placement, and some people won't be cut out for this - senior staff are happy to have meetings and give you work, but you will have to go and speak to them to find out.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended several presentations about different aspects of the business world, and lots of people took time out of their daily work to teach me new things.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would certainly consider a career at this firm.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We were a pretty social bunch of interns!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive - depending where you go, but the graduate recruitment team direct you to decent places that aren't going to break the bank.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The office is based in the West end of London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The office run several sports teams but six weeks is not long enough to really get stuck in to any.