Business Analyst at Fidelity International

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Surrey South East
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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Working within technology on technology projects to help deliver various things, i worked in retail technology for example helping to feed into the designs for a new website.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Being part of such a fast paced, global function as technology at Fidelity does have its challenges, but means I find that work is always interesting which for me is the key and means and no day is ever quite the same. I think i learnt more form the experiecne rather than exactly enjoyed it as you are thrown in the deep end a little - whcih is wonderful for learnign and pciking up things fast but is of course a challenge!


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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Very valued, as you are given responsibility and taken seriously from the start. You have the opportunity to work with a huge range of different and inspiring people, and even though they are all very busy, everyone makes time to answer questions, and help you - giving you time for 1 to 1s and even just tea break chats!


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

There is a lot of support avaialble, should you so wish it and ask for it. Colleagues are always very supportive in terms of giving of their time to help answer questions and give guidance. You have a buddy and a mentor assigned who provide some go to people should you need help, and of course your line manager as well, I have been lucky in having a greatly supportive manager.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The role and how busy it is varies greatly depending on what project you are working and on what stage in the project lifecycle it is in (Initial analysis of requirements or whether it is being developed or tested). If it's just before somethign is being released then it tends to be mad busy ppreparation, so can be longer hours, but more generally busy enough so you never get bored but not so busy as to be too stressful.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Lots is the simple answer! From day 1 you will be dpoing serious, considered work,, and whjilst you will likely start initally shadowing you are always pcikign up new tasks and taking responsibility fo bits and peices until you are very soon thrown into beign responsible (with support) for a peice of work on your own.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

It has helped me develop many of my ‘soft skills’ - I have greatly increased my confidence, the ease with which I am able to network, and my presentation and facilitation skills which are all useful for presenting as part of studies and also when it comes to job interviews/assessments etc. The training course I have attended have also provided a good basis for more industry specific and relevant knowledge which has helped me to understand better some of the key theory concepts behind the investment management industry.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere in the office is quite varibable dpending on function and even time- in technology the mornings are always mad as that is the time where we crossover with the working hourse of our colleagues in India so the floor tends to have a certain buzz about it with all the meetings etc. The afternoons then tend to be a bit more relaxed, and give you a chance to work more queitly yourself and also to catch up with those around you/havce 1 to 1s etc. Its a very friendly office, with everyone being polite and respectful to everyone else. But its also an office full of characters with many quirly people and interesting senses of humour so there can be banter and jokes etc bandied around.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The inital induction time was very well orgaanised giving you a great back ground to the company and a really gppd head start on understanding the company as a whole and where you will fit within it. It has to be said that its a looser more relaxed scheme in terms of its struture than many i think, especially in tehcnology - but that is i think on balance a good thing as it means you truly integrate into your arrear reather than always being the awkward spare par on a presribed intern/graduate route.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I have been able to do several trianig course as well as soem industry exams whcih has helped to add theory knowledge to the stuff i have been learnign every day and of course, its very nice to be able to add such qualifications to your CV. Fidleity takes grads/placements very seriously - it holds get togethers for them as well as a quarterly events featruing various talks from speakers across the company, whcih give you that overall view and of course allow you to network/meet other grads/interns etc.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Financial Bonus
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Fidelity is a respected comany and roles within it seem to be varied and particuarly in techology evolving to these new times. In technology there is committed business funding and a set of huge multi-year project currently, which sounds so great to be part of as they are aiming to achieve huge and impactful things. There are constant opportunities to learn and stretch oneself to do more, inclduing lots of side initatives to get involved in - whtehr thats being a buddy or working on some different sidelines of work - i even had the oppurtunity to interview somene in the London media studio!



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There are a lot of good freindly people, within the grad/intern group there is a social scene of sorts and there is also some social scene within technology project teams - but due to the office i work in being in Surrey social events tend to be a bit few and far between in general although it has to be said that when we do go out, i've had soem really goods work nights out.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I would say pretty good for the South - the advantage of working for a london firm wiht a surrey office is that whilst its a serious company not having to live/commute into central London deos keep costs down, helped by the lovely subsidised canteens - although nowhere in the South is exaclty cheap!


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

None for the surrey office really - or very limited a bus ride away. Of course the London office has a lot more in the way of night life.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There have been a few things - the JPMorgan corporate challenge run, some charity fundraising events, a small summer fete, graduate quarterly events and drinks after, the annual christmas party. More recently there has also been a 'bootcamp' fitness training programme that people have been able to attend and more simply even just taking advantage of the beautiful Surrey grounds to go on walks around the site.


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