Human resources is a huge department with many different roles ranging from client facing, technical, recruitment, diversity and business partner roles. During the internship I had two rotations, my first one being four weeks in Global Banking Business Patrtners - which was a very exciting role that incorporated many different areas of HR concerning Global Banking; the recruitment, redundancies, pay, grievance issues and more. My second rotation was four weeks in Reward which was much more technical but was really interesting, getting to work with Market Data and find trends in data relating to competitiveness with other major investment banks. On the graduate programme you get a chance to see all of the different departments.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Meeting new people and learning new things everyday was brilliant, although very tiring at the beginning. I enjoyed being given the chance to experience the real world of work and getting to meet the interns from across the bank. I enjoyed the responsibility I was given.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Even though I was only working at DB for nine weeks I have met some amazing people that I hope to stay in contact with. It can be hard to 'feel part of the family' at the start but the people that work at DB are very friendly and involve all members of staff when sorting out socials etc. I feel as time went on and my colleagues got to know me better I was more valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I feel throughout my internship I was given guidance and support from my managers. There were also a number of other people that were there to support us. Each HR Intern was assigned a Buddy that had joined the graduate programme a few years ago and they were extremely helpful for any questions about our work, presentations or the experience in general. The HR contacts were also brilliant and always ready to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It would depend on the day sometimes I was extremely busy and other times less so but I always wanted to be getting on with something and my managers would always check that everything was ok and I felt at ease asking questions and asking for more work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel that for my level of experience I was given a great deal of responsibility. I was given as much responsibility as I wanted and I was given countless oportunities to show what I was good at and work on those that I felt were not my stongest.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt so much over the internship! I learnt about the banking industry - which I knew very little about prior to starting. I also learnt so much about HR and how it is so varied. Someone sitting across the floor from me would be doing something completely different. I develop many skills and learnt a lot about myself. Due to the nature of my degree it will help me a great deal with some HR modules that I have but beyond that all going well I will be starting at DB on the graduate programme in September 2009.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great, there were many opportunities to socialise - the HR Dragon Boat racing was great fun. The employees at DB are very driven and extremely good at their jobs and to be surrounded by these very motivated people rubs off.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Extremely well organised, from before we started all the way through. Everything was very professional and always went well. The social events were always great and the assessments were very formal and well run. The Graduate Recruitment team worked extremely hard to answer all of our questions and organising everything.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had four days training about the banking industry and the financial markets. This was brilliant as my knowledge was limited before hand. We also had a session about presentation and communication skills. We had mid-way and final reviews which gave constant feedback.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Great - the real purpose of the intern programme is for DB to see how you work and assess whether you are right for the company. I have been given an offer for sep 2009 and I am really looking forward to starting at DB.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was always something going on - some people going for dinner or to the pub after work. There were also lots of events at the weekends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home whilst completing my internship so I had to pay for a travel card which was quite expensive, but living at home meant that I coped well. The salary was great so money was not really an issue!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
From what I heard it was great, living further out in Greater London meant that I didn't get to experience much of the nightlife, but the pubs and restaurants that I went to were great. Being London there is always something to suit everyone!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were some set up by the interns. There was also department events and community challenges.