I really enjoyed my time at Fidelity. I might have not enjoyed every single aspect of the internship, but overall it was a very pleasant experience.
I felt that everyone treated me with respect and was excited about the work I was doing.
While I had a week of general training before I started my role, there was no formal training at my desk. I learnt most of the things by setting up meetings with my colleagues, shadowing them and asking questions - everyone was happy to help. I had weekly 1-2-1's with my manager where we would discuss my progress and development, as well as any issues or questions. Overall it felt that if you go and ask for support and guidance, then you will get it, but you have to be proactive in order to receive it. It was fine for me but I can see how it can be a bit daunting for some people.
Some days were really busy, while others were quite relaxed. I took on extra work and also kept myself busy learning about different parts of the business so I was not bored at all!
My extra work had a direct business impact which was nice, and I enjoyed the responsibility.
While it is not going to have a direct impact on my studies, it has been a brilliant opportunity to enhance my skillset, improve self-confidence and identify what I enjoy ( or don't enjoy) doing.
My team was very busy so there wasn't a lot joking around but everyone was very nice. Some floors and offices are quieter than others.
I was really impressed by how much effort HR had put in in organising the internship, learning sessions and social events. I have had internships in other companies before and Fidelity's internship was the most well organised. However your time at your desk is not organised by HR so it can be a bit different story but as long as you are organised and proactive you can ensure it is all set up well.
I can't even imagine how much! Starting from financial perspective to very senior employess time.
It is quite competetive and the internship is not easy and graduate offers are not guaranteed. However a really good performance in the internship can lead to a graduate offer so fingers crossed!
Fellow interns were really clever and fun. We didn't do a lot together after work (probably everyone was just too tired?) apart from centrally organised social events which were all great.
Central of London has never been cheap...
There were quity many bars which would get absolutely packed on certain nights. No good clubs in the area however it didn't worry me as I went out to other places.
There were opportunities but there was too little time! There were social events organised for interns and grads, and we also had a charity challenge which lasted the whole day. Some interns played cricket and football with colleagues however there did not seem to be a lot of activities for permanent employes.
Internship (1-4 Months)
13th August 2014
£26,000 - £27,999