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I really enjoyed my internship working for a top asset manager in London.
As part of my internship, I was part of an international, group wide team analysing growth opportunities for the firm. As such I was made to feel as important as the rest of the employees working on the project and made to feel that my views were not not only welcomed but encouraged.
The support and guidance offered by City Internships was fantastic. They were always on hand to offer help and advice and organise networking events. The support I received at my firm were also very good. They appreciated my initial lack of awareness surrounding my role, however they were very helpful in bringing me up to speed and always on hand to answer any questions I had.
I was very busy on a daily basis. The growth plans we were working on had a strict deadline so the work often required late nights but this was not a problem - when you are working on such a large project that actually make a difference to a company you are more than happy to work hard.
I was given quite a large part degree of responsibility during my placement, something which was initially a bit daunting but I came to really enjoy as my contributions really mattered.
The skills I developed will definitely help me in my future career. I significantly developed my soft skills such as speaking professionally on a telephone ( a skill which is quite often overlooked), presentation skills, analysing investment markets. Through the management team at city internships I also significantly imporved the look of my CV, developed an awarness of the role of business psychology and learned how to network effectively.
There was a very good atmosphere in the office. Everyone was available to have a chat when the opportunity presented itself. The team was very good and organized some fund activities during the Olympics.
The internship was extremely well set up. As previously stated, I was given a very large degree of responsibility for a project with a top asset manager. The team at city internships were great in helping to organize accommodation for international interns like myself. The were also very helpful in organizing networking events.
City internships invested a lot more in my personal training and development than I had expected. They regularly organized networking events, seminars in areas such as business psychology, and other extra curricular activities aimed to foster leadership and team work. The firm I was working for also organized in house networking and all the team members offered help and advice through out the course of the internship.
Although I would relish the opportunity to work for such a firm, unfortunately due to the economic strains on the industry the future employment prospects do not look very good.
The social scene at the firm was quite good - we went out with several managers on completion of the project. Social activities organized by the city internships team were fantastic, with events at prestigious landmarks in London such as the former agricultural trading house and HMS President.
The cost of living was quite similar to that of Ireland where I am from. The cost of socializing was slightly cheaper
Nightlife in the City lives up to its reputation.
There were some opportunities.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment, Economics, Market Research
Central London and City
30th October 2012