1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The work was interesting and my manager tailored it to what I was interested in which was really great. However, at times I do believe I could have been doing more challenging work . Despite this, I do feel that i had enough work and i was never short of things to be doing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did feel valued a lot by my colleagues. They all had a genuine interest to help me and went out their way to put me in contact with their own connections who they believed could help me in the future regard my uni dissertation etc.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I feel that my manager was very supportive. he was very encouraging of me to pursue my own interests and finding out more about specific departments/areas of the business that interested me more. In regards to the specific work I was doing for them, he was great at giving me constant constructive criticism and helping on areas I could improve.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always had enough work to be doing however at no point did I feel like I was 'drowning' or that I couldn't finish all my work by the end of the day. I do think I definitely could have been given more work to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
More than I expected before starting the internship. I was doing work that actually mattered and not just completing tasks in order to fill my day up with something to do. This was a big highlight of my internship and I am glad this was the case.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In regard to my degree, I do not think a huge amount and I was learning practical skills rather than theoretical skills. However, beyond my degree, I believe I learnt skills that will very much help me as I start my employment journey
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I very enjoyed the atmosphere. It was very chilled and made me feel very comfortable working without feeling that I constantly had somebody looking over my shoulder. However, I do feel with the location of the office it did lack a social aspect to it in the sense that it is difficult to arrange something after working hours.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I believe the internship was organised well in terms of events and structure, however, I think that in regards to the mark we received from managers there is a flaw. There was no mediator to ensure that every manager was marking candidates the same and I believe this wasn't very fair.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think this different department to department. I was lucky that my manager supported me in wanting to do a training course and also visit teams in other locations for exposure. This definitely helped me and gave me an insight into the career i want to follow
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think the flexbile working is a big appealing factor to myself. Even from talking to people in my team they spoke very highly about how flexible RBS was as a whole and many of them worked from home 1 day a week and worked compressed hours into a 4 day week.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
to a certain extend. It is difficult being in an office so far away from the centre of town as this means lots of people have to travel a fair distance to get there and may not want to do something after working hours. However, lots of events organised by the bank that helped people prepare so they could attend.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Pretty standard Edinburgh pricing.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again being so far out of town there is nothing around the office. So it is poor around where the office is. However there is good transport links into the centre
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
yes, there were lots of official ones run by the bank and also unofficial events too. There was constantly notices up informing staff of various events happening in local areas.