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I really enjoyed my placement at Goldman Sachs - felt as though I learned a lot over the year, on both the hard and soft skills side and felt as though I was contributing to the team with the work I was doing.
I had a great team and was given a number of opportunities to work and interact with the larger team.
I received a lot of support from my manager, with bi-weekly catch-ups and frequent interaction with them.
This varied depending on the day, but generally speaking there was always something to do or look at.
I received more responsibility as the year progressed, with a lot of responsibility around the projects which I worked on.
I developed a lot of skills over the year, both hard (e.g. coding) and soft (e.g. confidence) which can be applied to both my degree and later in my career.
The office was fairly relaxed, not as 'corporate' as expected, with the right level of social and work during the day.
The placement was very well organised, with a number of different socials, activities, training and projects to work on with other placement students as well as the work taking place in the individual teams.
Goldman Sachs invested a lot of time in personal development and training over the course of the year, with training sessions at the start of the year and then further training as the year progressed. Always encouraged to attend training if you wanted to attend a session.
Working from home
I really enjoyed my year and could potentially go back to the company if they extend an offer.
The level of socialising outside of work depended heavily on the team, but there was a lot of interactions with other work placements and the right level of social interactions outside of work for my team.
London is fairly expensive compared to other parts of England, however socialising wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be.
There are a number of different opportunities in London (e.g. clubs, pubs, restaurants) so there is always something to do.
There were opportunities, especially on weekends as it was emphasised that a good work-life balance should be maintained.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
11th June 2014