1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Admittedly It was not the most enjoyable placement in the grand scheme of things. Although I absolutely loved some aspects of it, and my manager was probably the best part, I did not feel as if I made a huge impact. I know that's being naïve, but I thought I would be doing other stuff than the work I was given. Despite this, I loved the job and the environment
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Its not that I felt undervalued, I just knew the work that I was doing was a lot less important than everyone else. I knew I was an intern and this would be ridiculous if I was given the same work load my first day, but I feel as if I wasn't taught what they were even doing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Can't give enough props to my manager, she was probably the best part of the whole internship. She took me in the first day, and showed me everything. If it was someone else, I'm sure I would have found the experience worse. Her manager was high up in Scotland, and was the best guy. Even got to meet Ross McEwan
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days a lot more than others. On a general day I was probably working for 5 out of 7 hours. This isn't bad at all, but then some days when lets say my manager was out I was left with nothing to do. I just asked for work and that sorted itself out.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I wasn't given an immense amount of responsibility, but they trusted me with email people much higher up than me, and setting up meetings with them. I was also taken to client meetings, which takes an immense amount of responsibility on both parts. It was about average I would say.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I learnt weren't what I thought. I didn't come out of it with excellent econometric skills. Instead, I came out with a knowledge of the working environment, and what its really like to work in a bank from 9 to 5 everyday. This to me is the most important thing. Also, looks great on CV so its a win-win.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere of the office was great. The first day that I came in, my manager introduced me to everyone and that was that. However, there were still loads of people in my office that just didn't introduce themselves. I didn't either which I probably should have done. So do that if you get an internship.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was extremely well organised. We had two opening days of inductions. These included group activities and individual organising for appearance and how you should behave in the office. At the end of the internship we had and end of day event, which was similar to the first two days.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invest an insane amount of time, effort and money into each intern. This is one thing that RBS nails. It got to the point where I almost felt bad for the company. They take you out to the Hilton for two days, pay for any travel that you have to do and everything.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are extremely appealing. I did not speak to a single intern who did not want future employment with the bank. Since 2008, they have switched their stance, and try to be every employee centric. Improving on employee benefits, and work-place environment issues. Personally, the graduate position is extremely appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I don't actually know this that well. I know some people who went on placements, and they said the social scene was alright. This was is definitely up there, so don't be discouraged based on this because you shouldn't at all. The social scene is fantastic, and this internship is worth applying to.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is alright. For a month, one can expect to pay anywhere from £300 right up to £550. I would say any more than this is a bad deal. However, in the area that I worked, a festival is held every year which lasts a month which shoots prices of everything up.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I'm from that area where I worked, and I love the nightlife here. The interns loved it as well, which resulted in a lot of messy nights. There were a few on work nights which weren't great the next day. Generally, the Nightlife is great here though, so would recommend.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Tons, the interns went out all the time. It just depends who is on your own internship. In mine, we had a group of 5 or 10 who were really keen to get involved with what was going on, so we went out a bunch and had tons of out of work activities.