1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoy a lot working here for my summer internship, in particular for the people who I met all along my 9 weeks here who are amazing, the passion they put in every activity they do, their commitment, their attention to the details and more importantly the attention to the values of the bank.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was constantly felt valued by my colleagues, but in a positive sense: they gave me feedbacks on day by day basis, that allowed me to understand where to work better and more in depth, providing me some development points and make me understood my strengths and my weaknesses.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was followed by my lots of people, from the most junior (such as my buddy) to the senior one (s.a. my mentors, product champions, line managers..). The all have given me support and guidance. They all gave their contribution to allow me to improve, learn a lot and grow both personally and professionally.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy all day long but I was able to find, in collaboration with my team, the perfect balance, since I had lots of short term project and long term ones plus the presentation at the end of each rotation. This forced me at improving the time management and in the understanding the priorities.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had responsibility since the day one during your placement. Of course none left me alone in doing my projects: obviously someone always followed me in the main steps at least, but leaving me the freedom to try, to make mistakes and to improve from them. I think this is the right balance when you have already started.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed lots of soft skills, such as team working, presentation skills, backing my ideas, how to deal with my colleagues and with the clients .. but I also from technical point of view: lots of technicalities, specific vocabulary, new programs (Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters...), software and so on.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in my office is definitely stimulating and that is mainly because the team is really nice, they are open minded and you are feeling involved in every moment - the stressful moments are (of course) present but this is only positive if correctly managed by everyone.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organization of the overall internship program was amazingly set up - there was lots of networking events, extra activities, seminars, presentations, hot topic events and so on. They were able to transfer during the entire period the values of the bank, creating a committed team.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
In terms of personal training and development, I think that the company is keeping investing on me and on any other person they have decided to intern. They are providing us not only the tools but also (and more importantly) the opportunities to emerge and make the difference.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects within the organization are really appealing, I really wanted to stay in this company since I'm feeling good in this environment, I love what I'm doing and the people I stayed with. I had a really positive experience with this bank and I really want to stay here longer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in London is high everywhere you stay, and for now nothing is new. However, the area of Liverpool street where the bank is seated, since it is full of offices and other banks, is properly equipped for the office hours. You can also easily find places where to spend some time after work.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?