1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Has been life-changing. Opened my eyes to how life in an office is, and developed my insight into the financial markets, but predominantly how projects are implemented, and the effect they have on the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues are keen to praise you for your hardwork, but they do not mollycoddle you. They will also let you know where you've gone wrong, but vitally, how to rectify mistakes, and thus improve.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Have frequent contact with the project manager, on how projects are coming along.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It fluctuates - when working on aspects of projects, it can be very busy. However, when in between stages, it can be the opposite, with not a lot to do. It's pleasant to have these stages though, as you are able to regroup and prepare yourself for the next onslaught!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I'm no manager, but then again I'm no gofer either. They gauge what responsibility you are able to handle, and then hand it out accordingly. If you are ready for more, they will give you more, as simple as that. Too often too much responsbility can ruin both confidence in yourself and the work you are doing, and that has a detrimental effect.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My final year will be mainly taken up by project work. The skills learnt this year will be tantamount to me receiving a good grade. I have learnt how planning plays a key role in projects, and although it might be one of the most tedious steps of managing a project, it will often decide whether it goes wrong, or completely wrong.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Extremely hard working (project work has no room for complacency - there are always deadlines). However, there was no shortage of banter in the office, and I have made some very good friends, no matter where I have sat around the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Initially, lunchtime meetings with various heads of departments took place, giving placement students a rough indication as to how the company operates. Very thorough training was given in the first two days, about the financial markets, and how Schroders fits in the City. After this initial stage, there is always opportunity to enhance your learning, through online learning, or just getting in contact with members of the company. There are socials, although these tend to die down the further into the year you go. Not the companies fault - on the contrary. The socials have given us the platform to develop social lives out of work. All the placement students now frequently socialise and meet up.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Whilst the company certainly hasn't ignored me, my chance for developing (in terms of qualifications) has not been allowed. The company seeks loyalty before investing in qualifications, which is understandable. But inevitably, a placement student will not be able to delve into that sort of thing.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Extremely...I would be happy to develop my career here.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Social events occured often, and everyone within the placement group are very good friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
There's no such thing as cheap in the City, when you compare it to University. However, it doesn't deter you from going out.
Cannot comment on the cost of living.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very good, public transport means you can get to any of the hotspots in London, very easily.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Absolutely. For example: Football, Shuffleboarding, Museum events, Christmas parties, Charity events, various nights out with the employees, go karting, yoga, pool tournaments, Thames boat trips, the list goes on...