UCL Physics graduate, Christopher Muir shares his experiences of a Summer Internship in Forensic Services at Smith & Williamson.
What was the application process like?
It was challenging but rewarding. It compromised of background questions, psychometric tests, an assessment centre and interviews. Despite the challenge, each stage passed felt like a large hurdle cleared on the way to getting the job!
What was the interview process like?
Although I was on edge at first, it was absolutely fine. The interviewers were very relaxed which allowed me to express myself and give the best answers possible. With good preparation, the interview is enjoyable.
What advice would you give to students applying for your role?
My advice would be to learn as much about the company and the role as possible. The company is very unique so the more you know about what makes them stand out the better you will come across, and of course learn the technical stuff about your role.
How much responsibility do you have?
As an intern, I have a lot more responsibility than I expected. All of the work I do has an end purpose and a lot of it is used in final reports and analysis. This makes me feel valued and important to the team.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I mostly enjoy the variety of work I do. The department consists of several areas all of which have a very different role. I’ve been lucky enough to work on most of these areas which has really kept things interesting for me.
What has been your biggest challenge?
This was definitely the learning curve. I found there was a lot to learn in a short period of time which was very challenging. However, it is also the thing which I value most about the internship so overall it was an important challenge to face.
How has this experience exceeded your expectations?
It has in so many ways. The work I do is interesting and important; the people here are welcoming and great to get along with; I feel valued; and not to mention someone brings in snacks pretty much every day.
What is the office atmosphere like?
The atmosphere is fantastic. All of the staff are so friendly and chilled out which creates a perfect working environment in which you can complete work to the highest of standards whilst enjoying all of the company around you.
What activities are there outside of work?
Outside of work we had several social events including pizza making, lunches out and the standard pub after work. As well as this, I got involved in a lot of football events with people in my department.
How promising are the graduate prospects?
The graduate prospects at this firm are exciting. There are so many young, intelligent people here ready to succeed and this makes a graduate programme at this company something to really get excited about.
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