Creation and update of daily, weekly and monthly reports required by the business which I have been assigned to support as part of Software Group Operations. Support for the Vice-President of UKI and assisting them with analysis and presentation slides. Attending cadence reviews where necessary and updating various system records as a consequence of actions taken from those reviews. Other support functions as required.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects. In hindsight and comparing with friends' experiences at other companies I felt the structure allowed me to really make the most of the network within the company. Each week was filled with events designed to allow me to explore HP.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was amazed how much time and effort all individuals were willing to allocate to the interns. They were willing to give thorough introductions to their functions, answer all questions I had and were very happy to see curious interns returning for follow up rounds of questions
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I found that, especially in the less senior ranks, each employee had been through the recruitment process and was keen to hear about my experience so far and to add guidance where they felt they could help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Never a dull moment. If I was not doing work for my desk I was either at a meticulously organised HR event or spending tie with other business areas to get a better feel for the industry.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The level of workload, and hence responsibility, depended on desk allocations and individual preferences. For me, I found my workload entirely manageable while giving me the time to take on additional tasks. E.g. partaking in a bond pitch.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All these skill are transferable skills which will stay with me forever and will be used in my final year and day to day life too. These are the must have skills that one would need in their life to be able to successfully proceed and having practiced these skills at HP are going to make great different in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great. People were nice and approachable. Obviously there was some stress as everything is extremely fast paced.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure of the internship was well set up. There was a week of training and two 3 week desk allocations based on an introduction day we had in April where we met desks. The final rotation was decided mid-internship and we had some input as to our preferences here. There was also bi-weekly mini-rotations which ensured everyone made their way across the bank.
The gem, I felt, were the Managing Director Introductions organised by HR. These familiarised us with senior management and gave the internship a very open feel.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was an initial week of training followed by ongoing excel skills. The week of training was just to get everyone on roughly the same level as there were a lot of non-finance degree backgrounds.
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?
Definitely extremely appealing. I think the combination of the technical and social skills combined with the fast paced challenging environment make this a very attractive place to work. Moreover the people at HP are extremely open and care deeply about your success. And will definitely help you if you put in the effort on your end.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Never a dull day in Glasgow. Friday evening drinks and intermittent dinners among interns ensured a good work-life balance
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of socialisng wasn't too bad, there were some nice places to go to after work which weren't too bad (mind you, you will be earning like a full time employee so it wouldn't feel expensive).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in Glasgow is ok though, there are a few pubs by the office where by you can chill and grab a quick drink.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were charity days held, boat races, race nights and other themed events. There were also some sports teams to get involve with.