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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Welcoming, fair colleagues who were very generous with their time, combined with interesting work from day one made working at RBCCM highly enjoyable & rewarding.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • In my experience, colleagues were happy to give feedback, praising good work and offering feedback as to how to improve in the future.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • From director, to associate, to analyst, to HR, everyone was approachable and patient with my questions.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Average hours 8.45am - 10pm, mostly busy during the day, although occasional periods of inactivity.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was tasked with producing material which was to be presented to both potential and existing clients. It was excellent to be contributing rather than just printing and fetching coffees.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The technical skills I learnt will be of some use, although more extensive training is needed, but more transferable skills such as attention to detail have come on leaps and bounds.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was friendly, hard working and fair.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very pleased to have come to RBC as their scheme is highly professional. I've spoken to peers at other banks who've had to do school-like tasks most of the time.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Our seniors always took the time to answer questions and give context to the work they required. Plus a week's training at the start provided some basic Excel, accounting and valuation skills.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • 4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • N/A


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Occasional drinks outings occured, but focus of the 8 weeks was to work hard and gain experience/exposure to the sectore


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • £4 beer, accommodation from approx £150 a week. Would recommend getting accommodation as close to the office as possible.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 100 blokes in suits crammed into an O'Neills.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Again, there may be more opportunities for full-time employees, but as interns the focus was on work. Also, the Global Investment Banking Division is obviously very work-orientated.


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Internship (1-4 Months)

Central London and City

August 2011

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