1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Responsibilities and team working
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Given the number of responsibilities, I felt my colleagues relied on my work which means more challenges but also the possibility to learn a lot.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All managers were available for explanations when needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As a summer intern, they want to test your ability to cope with the pressure, therefore the workload was consistent.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As previously mentioned, I was given a lot of responsibilities and projects that have been used by senior manager thereafter.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Despite working as a credit-sales was quite different from what I studied, the ability to handle the pressure and deal with people will always be useful, regardless of the sector.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
extremely cooperative. Team working is a key strength within RBC
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The HR set up frequent events to promote networking in order to facilitate connections and let students know a lot about several divisions.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
the summer internship is a period in which students are tested. Apart from a 2-day training at the beginning of the program, there are not specific sessions dedicated to hard or soft skills development. However, the whole internship can be considered a big learning opportunity.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
RBC is a sound company which has not been involved in financial scandals differently from other financial institutions.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, thanks to frequent networking events organized by RBC
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is a really expensive city but the monthly wage allows to enjoy the free time.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London is a metropolitan city offering every kind of nightlife avenue.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not a lot during the week. Markets start working early in the morning which does not allow to have a crazy life until Friday night. However, if you are enough efficient to get your job done, people leave the office at around 6 which leaves plenty of time for several activities.