1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was great fun, lots of other interns around (80) for nights out etc. and the fringe was on during some it too. Working for the company was also a very positive experience, lots of events put on for us and plenty of opportunities to get involved with events outside your own office with the rest of the bank.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was definitely valued by colleagues in my office (internal audit), they are very welcoming and treated me like one of their own team. Naturally however the internship is relatively short for a workplace like this so in terms of contributing to the work the team are doing I did less, not being fully utilised in my opinion.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I cannot fault my line manager whatsoever, he was extremely friendly and offered as much help and support as I would ask for, the same is said for the rest of the team - they would all take time out of their days to explain something or give me help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was not given much work to do at all - often sitting twiddling my thumbs even after asking various people for work. We had an internship project that was meant to fill some of our time, however this only got started 2 weeks before it finished due to very poor communication and management of the interns. From my understanding everyone seemed to think we were being given wok by someone else, resulting in extremely little to do for much of the internship. This was made more frustrating by literally asking people for work and them not having any to give you for whatever reason.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Not loads in the day to day office environment, however when we finally got going with our project it was reasonably important and interesting, resulting in lots of meeting and communication with senior people in my department, and culminating in a presentation firstly to my line manager and his manager, and then to the executive committee in my department with the other interns.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have gained very good workplace skills and it has been extremely useful to be working in such a corporation, seeing how it all works. In terms of actual skills I have gained - very little. This is partly due to the fact I don't think I want to go into the kind of work I was interning in , and also partly because I actually picked up very little skills in the first lace at RBS. One big benefit for me was doing some presenting which I rarely get to do at university, a crucial skill to have in life. Training was better, there was almost as much online training as you wanted, however little of it was mandatory or that useful - apart from the presenting skills maybe, I don't think much will help me in my degree (physics).
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A very chilled out office, full time employees can work from home a couple days a week if they wish and it is generally a nice place to be considering everyone is still sat behind computer screens. Very sociable people and not stressy or running round which is good, you are left to do your stuff (if you have any).
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Really well organised from early careers point of view, we had a brilliant two day induction at the start, and then a spotlight learning session with them every week, as well as a charity challenge and a few socials. My department were less prepared to receive me, access to systems and my ID card took about 5 weeks to arrive, and as mentioned they had very little work for me to do. It is worth noting though that this is quite specific to me and my team - there was bad communication from early careers which is why they didn't really know I was coming.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think I have answered a question like this before.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are a brilliant company to work for, however not an ideal fit for me personally, partly due to the job I would be doing there and partly due to the fact that I don't think that I would suit working in such a large, restricted organisation with so many rules and regulations.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yaaas sick one - loads of going out loads of social people (and a few unsocial if that's what you like).
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Pretty good - personally I got really lucky with the guy I moved in with, it was £100 a week which was cheap for the flat I lived in, in general Edinburgh is quite an expensive city and everyone has a commute due to the offices being out of town.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It is very easy to go into Edinburgh city centre, with a good nightlife scene, loads of student clubs, bars, pubs etc. and all the interns would meet up for pres and then go somewhere. The fringe is also on at the end of the internship which basically means Edinburgh feels like its on steroids, heaving most nights with loads of events and things on.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
A few, not so many through the office directly but enough.