1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement at Deutsche Bank in the CB&S Markets division a lot. The program consisted of two rotations and both teams were very supportive, helpful and friendly. In addition, the atmosphere on the entire trading floor was very relaxed, but still competitive and thereby helped me enjoy the placement a lot.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All my colleagues were always quite busy, but still took the time to explain or show me different things, which helped me to learn as much as possible over the duration of the program. Furthermore, the tasks that they gave me were often related to real projects and my outputs were often actually used. Overall, the support and the great tasks made me feel valued by the firm.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was usually very busy and there were only very few really slow days. Even though there were often no hard deadlines for my projects I still wanted to get them done as quickly as possible. Toward the end of each rotation it slowed down a little bit though since it was not possible to get any longer term projects anymore.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I will be taking a lot of Finance courses in the final year of my studies and the training I received and the skills I developed at DB will definitely help me a lot to cope with those usually challenging courses. I think that I have also gained an extensive amount of technical knowledge, which will help me during my studies and also while writing my thesis.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I worked in two different teams at DB and my first team sits on a relatively quiet floor, whereas my second team sits on the trading floor itself. In both offices the atmosphere was very open, friendly and relaxed, but there was still a high degree of competitiveness. Overall I really like this working environment and it is very hard for me to imagine to work in a "regular" office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The entire program was very well organized. There were plenty of different networking and educational events as well as training sessions. There were maybe two to three events each week during which you also saw all the other interns. Overall those events helped a lot to build an extensive network within the bank, but also within the intern class itself and this will be very useful in the future.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were a lot of different educational and training sessions. Those training sessions were usually led by external trainers, who were very experienced and did a great job. I think that the program was very well thought through and DB was actually interested in helping all interns to develop and learn as much as possible over the summer.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Employment prospects at DB, especially within CB&S are very appealing. This is due to a lot of different reasons, starting at the atmosphere at the office, the colleagues and going all the way to the extent to which the firm values and supports their junior staff. Overall, future employment at DB is very desirable and a great opportunity to further develop.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As mentioned before, there were a lot of social events including DB employees, but also the entire intern class. Those events helped a lot to develop a social scene between the entire class and everybody got along very well. I personally made a lot of new friends that I went out with almost every weekend and I hope those friendships will continue after the end of the placement.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I worked at the London office of DB near Liverpool Street and the cost of living as well as socializing was thereby quite high. I lived in a nearby student accommodation, which rents out its apartments to interns over the summer and the room was good enough to stay in there for 9 weeks, but it was not too amazing. Overall, London is an expensive city, but there is also a lot to do here.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London probably has one of the largest bar and club scenes in the world and there are bars, pubs and clubs for every taste. The breadth of the nightlife reaches all the way from luxurious drinks at The Shard, over clubs in east and south London to the very relaxed bars and clubs in Shoreditch. Overall there is something to do at night for everybody.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?