I enjoyed the internship very much as the overall structure with training and regular senior meetings, luncheons, charity days all contributed to a well-rounded experience.
I felt very integrated into the entire department as I often had 1 to 1 meetings and they shared a lot of insight and offered help.
There is more than enough support and guidance to be found everywhere in the company, from the HR to my supervisor. I had weekly meetings with my supervisor and 2 meetings with HR to see how my internship was going. Almost daily I would run into someone new who would offer help.
My internship was project based meaning that I had a lot of freedom of scoping out how I wanted my end result to look like. Therefore how much I put in affected how much I would get out of it. There definitely was not a culture of having to stay late in the office as long as I would get my work done.
I only worked on my own project and all additional information I received was for my own benefit.
We received an introduction to asset management training and basic excel training in the first week. This definitely contributed to a general understanding of the industry.
It was a very open floor with flat hierarchy. Everyone was approachable and would also chat with you while waiting at the printer or getting a drink.
Very well rounded structuree. We had cultural events, fun activities, drinks as well as informational lunch & learns and studio tours. Most of the events were towards the beginning of the internship as we would get busier towards the end.
We were trained by an external provider in the first week. This included introduction to the industry, products and excel. Depending on the scheme, the level and depth of training would vary. The biweekly lunch & learns would focus on different business areas in the firm with a quite senior member presenting. If we were working in the offices outside of Central London, we could dial in and listen on the conference call.
Very, the graduate scheme has rotations that offer opportunities abroad. Also the HR team makes sure that you are placed in varying teams that offer different development opportunities.
All interns were very approachable and friendly, however as we were placed in different offices, there was not really a social scene after work. We would however meet up for lunch now and then in the offices.
As the area I worked in was outside of Central London, the cost of food was cheap (canteen subsidised).
The office I worked in was quite far from Central London. Everyone would just go home after work. In the Central London office, there were many bars around. We got a discount card from the company, so we could get some perks.
Yes, we regularly got emails for charity events to participate in such as Charity runs, volunteering in a centre etc. For an internship, there were many missed opportunities as one would need to balance the work and activities. But for the long term employees, there are definitely chances to have a well rounded job life.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment, Market Research, Marketing
27th July 2015