1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed working with my Managing Director and colleagues. They made me feel welcome and I was able to fit in with the company straight away. The company was based in the heart of the financial city of Shanghai, Pudong.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The colleagues made me feel really welcome and helped me a lot to fit in with the company and how the Chinese do business. It was a vital lesson for me. At times when I was struggling they were on hand to assist me and after work we did go out to bars to get to know each other better.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My Manager was a pleasure to work with. He was American, so there wasn't a much of a problem with the language barrier. Always funny and direct but also very hard working and caring. He supported me on a daily basis of how business is conducted in China and taught me new skills and knowledge which I will greatly take onboard. He also gave me advice of what I should do after the internship and what the options are for me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would say there was a perfect balance with being busy and having days where you can have a laid-back approach. Specifically in the morning up until 2 hours before work I was busy, contacting potential new clients, making sure current deals which are in progress are running smoothly and doing detailed research of depending on what your task is.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during my Internship. Firstly I was allowed to talk CEO's and CFO's (Chief Financial Officer) of companies from small to multinational companies sized companies. I was allowed to spear-head a deal between to firms, and the deal was worth between $8m - $12m. I was also allowed to assist in a deal where a firm was looking to re-structure it's finances and make more use of their capital.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learned a lot about working in a Asset Management/Investment bank firm. Some of the skills and knowledge I gained are certainly going to stick with me for life and I will certainly use and utilise them in years to come. I am really glad to have taken this opportunity and worked abroad.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere within the office was very lively and positive. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed working but at the same time we also worked really hard, focused and completed deadlines to our utmost ability.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up very professional and at times it exceeded my expectations. I really had a wonderful time and would love to do it once again. Thank you Absolute!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm advised and suggested that I should attend Networking events set up by firms such as HSBC, Mercedes and other medium to multinational firms. They also suggested I should attend the Chambers of Commerce of various countries which are spread all over Shanghai. I took upon their advice and did attend. I met new people just like me, I met ex-pats, CEO's and owners of companies and I was able to converse with them and exchange business cards so we can keep in touch in the future.
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?
Future employment prospects are appealing within the firm I worked for, especially in the US.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It was a brilliant social scene amongst fellow interns and colleagues. After work we would go to bars, have dinner and play sports together. This helped us to get to know each other outside work and some became really good friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
China in general is particularly cheap, but Shanghai was expensive compared of the rest of china. This is because Shanghai is the financial hub of the east and the life style some people who live in China is very very luxurious. But all in all Shanghai is much cheaper compared to London and it's well worth it.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Shanghai is one of the best I have experienced so far. Shanghai boasts world famous clubs from M1NT to Bar Rouge, their bars are exceptional and the restaurants offer delicious foods. It's a westernised city of lights which never sleeps! Absolutely brilliant.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were. Going to the gym, swimming, football, sightseeing, go-karting, travelling etc. etc. Everything you can imagine. It's China!