Eight ifs University College full-time undergraduate students have successfully completed an Advanced Work Based Learning module after undertaking internships at leading UK banks.
Third year students James Mulvey, Alex Hemington, Daniel Heger, Tomas Lawton, Thomas Lyman, Oliver Wakefield, Ayaz Manji and Alistair Holloway all undertook two month placements in a variety of departments and roles, including operations support, internal audit and risk management.
The Advanced Work- Based Learning module gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in their first two years of study into a workplace scenario.
The students finished their internships with greatly improved employability skills and prospects. All believe the experience has increased their confidence ability to network and their communication skills and the majority have already had conversations about extending their roles when they graduate.
BSc (Hons) Banking Practice and Management student James Mulvey said that his studies had put him at an advantage over his fellow interns at the bank:
“In my day-to-day work I found that I knew a lot more than I thought I did. I was able to take the skills I learned from my course at ifs University College and apply them practically to my role. Consequently my responsibilities grew from week-to-week, so that by the end of the internship I was training new colleagues.”
Ryan Ciecko, Student Engagement Manager at ifs University College, said:
“It is amazing to see the transition that the students go through when they complete their internships. Naturally at the start there is often a lot of nerves and uncertainty, but they soon find out that what they have studied already has put them at a great advantage. All of the students went above and beyond what was expected and they can now bring the knowledge they have gained into the all-important final year of study.”