1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship, moreso towards the end when I had a steady flow of work and felt I was delivering useful material.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I became closer to some than others, but they were all very friendly and welcoming and appreciative of the work I had done.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was relatively well guided. My line manager was open to questions at any time although occasionally did not have enough work. My supervisor was brilliant at finding things to stretch me and asking what I wanted to learn about, arranging opportunities for me to accomplish this during my stay.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning I did not have that much work, but from halfway through I had a really good balance in the amount of work I was given.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Plenty; I was given my own projects to work on so I had complete ownership of my work. Although they were things that could easily have been done by other employees if they had the time, it still felt valuable. I was made Project Manager of one area and developed a site for my entire team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe it will help me a lot - with much more work motivation and confidence to get in touch with people who may be able to assist me. It has made me feel a lot more comfortable in the workplace, thanks to both soft skill training and direct training in particular technologies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really positive and friendly. Everyone was always open to questions and conversations and if you needed anything from anyone all you had to do was go up and ask. The relaxed atmosphere made you feel comfortable in your surroundings and meant there was much fewer barriers between teams and departments.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The training was extremely well organised with everything pre-timetabled and personalised training courses with aspects that would be most useful to us. It was well structured although a bit unclear at the beginning exactly what I was meant to be completing over the 8 weeks (although previously told I would have one long project, I ended up doing many small ones). However, I was kept updated when any new information came out so I was very happy with it overall.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
To a very great extent. We had an initial whole week of training in the financial markets and on technological aspects such as Excel, and then throughout the internship we had soft skill training every couple of weeks in things such as presentation skills, networking and general communication. As well as this, we were given individual training in technologies that were relevant to our internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although not eligible for a graduate role currently (and Schroders do not offer placement years) I have been offered the possibility of completing another internship next year which is very appealing. It is a great company to work for and I would be really happy to come back and accept the offer, after which I would hopefully be given the offer for a full time role.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Amazing, but mostly organised between ourselves. Because of the initial training week we all got really close and so organised doing things after work together. Once we split off into our individual teams this lessened slightly but we still met each other for lunch most days in the staff café or out to eat in the city.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Socialising was relatively expensive as it is central London! Most places do not charge entry but drinks can average about £10 which can be a bit pricey if going as a group. I was not living centrally but commuting in, so living was not too expensive, train travel at peak time added up however and so I spent more than I was expecting.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Brilliant. There are not many clubs in the area but plenty of really nice bars with a range of atmospheres depending on what your after. I recommend Madison's rooftop in summer where they show the Wimbledon Tennis live on a big screen - amazing to watch with a cocktail and St Pauls in the background. Dirty Martini is also great.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a few. Every month an internal notice was sent round with information about events going on around London over the next few weeks with links to find out more. There were also frequent notices about Charity events you could enrol yourself in with a team of people from Schroders. Unfortunately I was unavailable for most of these so did not really get involved.