"The people I worked with were not at all hierarchical, and this helped make me feel like what I had to say was listened to and taken on board."
“On the first day my line manager was so friendly, she immediately put me at ease. She introduced me to the rest of the team, and from there I was whisked off into one-to-one meetings where different colleagues talked me through what they did, what their role was like, and what their background was.”
“I did three rotations: the first in London with the Central Stress Testing team, my second in Bristol with the Corporate Prudential Modelling team, and the third back in London with the Group Regulatory Liaison team. I really enjoyed working with the Stress Testing team, and after I finished, luckily enough, there was an open position there – which I applied for and got.”
“I really liked that I was treated as a member of the team and allowed the freedom and independence to contribute. The people I worked with were not at all hierarchical, and this helped make me feel like what I had to say was listened to and taken on board.”
“I had weekly catch ups with my line manager where we would go over any questions I had. She checked in on me throughout the week saying, ‘Are you okay? What are you working on? Is it too much? Is it too little? Are we challenging you?’ As a grad, you get a lot of personal attention, which is great.”
“People are very friendly and always willing to help. Some of them used to be on a graduate scheme themselves, so they understand you want to make an impact and learn as much as you can while you’re there.”
“I got involved in Code Club, which is a not-for-profit organisation that gets volunteers into primary schools to teach children the basics of coding. You sign up, find a local school to get matched with, and go in and teach kids how to code. It was really fun and rewarding at the same time.”
“There’s no such thing as a stupid question – just ask it. People are always willing to speak to you and, who knows, it may be a question no one’s asked before!”