Female Insight Week at RBS

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Banking - Commercial

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Role Description

4 Day Insight in September in Commercial Banking-Customer Solutions

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Very well structured.
Even though we were thrown into the big world of Commercial Banking it was clear that we had a stable point of call with the program runner. The group of people on the Insight week were friendsly, we all lived together and went out for food after work.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

All the members of staff that we were shadowing were friendly, and informative of their work. I was able to get an indepth idea on the work that Relationship Managers carry out. The staff had abviously set out their time to assist in any questions we had and were enthusiastic with sharing.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

If we were ever unsure on the locations we were meant to be going to, our accomodation, or anything within the week we had a contact that was available around the clock.
We were prepared fully for the Assessment Centre and Interview that was on the last day of the insight.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I learnt a lot about the skills I need to display in my applications for similar roles if I were to apply to other companies. It made me more interested in developing my knowledge and thinking strategically for solving problems.
During the first day we developed many skills, more importantly public speaking and selling.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well structured. We were given the week schedule on the first day and followed it the week through. All the shadowing sessions were on time, however, some people needed to commute to Guildford or Croydon from Liverpool Street requiring a 1.5 hour journey. For the most part people had short commutes.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Very enjoyable and friendly. I made great friends in the Insight Week, and even now (november) I still talk to them as we have a group chat. I even visited one of the people for halloween in their uni city.
Everyone made LinkedIn connections and stays in contact. Its been very helpful in developing networking skills


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A lot, the whole first day was a series of talks form professional personal developers ranging from improving skills in pitching, public speaking, providing innvoative solutions and personal reflection. We looked a lot about qualities in ourself and others and knowing whether or not they cross back witht the values RBS focuses on.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

Personally, almost all of my shadowing opportunities were with senior managers which is a role that you wouldnt get to until being at the company for upwards of 6 years. Whilst I found the experience valuable it would have been nice to see what a recent grad would be doing, or someone who has just finished the grad scheme and is specialising/how they decided what to specialise in.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

It was clear from talking to employees within the company which RBS's values were. They prode themselves on being client facing and providing solutions to problems that come about. They do everything to keep the client happy through open communication and their Relationship Managers providing a face to face service. They also value the personal development of their employees through the initatives they provide.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was reimbursed for travel, including a return train fare from Bristol to London, also the travel incurred int he week communting to offices on the bus, or the return train I got to the Guildford office. I was also put up in a hotel in Central London, fully paid for. RBS expensed food costs incurred through gathering recipts with a maximim of £5 breakfast, £10 Lunch and £15 dinner if the meals wernt provided in the RBS office

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Absolutely. I made lots of friends, learnt a lot about the company directly from eployees in their work space. It was clear that the people they get to work with them are people that displace qualities that they want as I didnt meet anyone who was out of characted. They provide customer confidence through delivering a personal service and connections where ever they go.