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Summer Analyst
About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

I wished to get a competitive advantage when applying for graduate jobs next year and to meet inspiring people. I had interned before in bio-mechanical research and wished to investigate an entirely different sector.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Organisation website

Application process

There was a fairly long written application process in place of a traditional cover letter which pushed applicants to display their knowledge of the industry and insight into its future. Following this there were two rounds of interviews and a case study.

Main responsibilities

Another intern and myself were paired on a project within the bank working with our team to deliver a product. We programmed together and worked closely with our team to deliver a high quality solution, taking into account all stakeholder needs.

Typical day

I spent a large portion of the day learning Java, necessary for my role, and then using it to meet my project needs. Outside of this, there were a range of town halls and talks by inspiring people, a hackathon, training and copious social activities. I took it upon myself to meet with a range of people with a focus on finding out about disruption within the sector and bank.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

I really enjoyed how interesting and willing to talk every one of the employees at the organisation were. Organizing a meeting with the CIO was probably the highlight of my placement but I also enjoyed becoming friends with all the other interns (all 172 of them!).

Challenging aspects

Fitting in work and networking required forward planning and good organisational skills which I lack however the experience taught me effective ways of managing them.

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

Although the placement was not directly related to my course, I extensively used the organisational ability required to read an Engineering degree as well as skills such as report writing, quantitative analysis and a range of design skills. The mechanical engineering degree at Sheffield is centred around teamwork - in your first year you hate it and slowly you become more effective at it. This gave a competitive advantage in the workplace.

Has your time on placement influenced your future career choice?


Advice to students

My piece of advice to students

Use contacts that you make to springboard your way to other connections. You may not want to disturb important people but as a millennial, you have a unique perspective on the markets and conditions which an organisation must adapt to in the future to service your generation's needs.

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Form completed: 27 Aug 2017

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