Insights week intern at RBS

Top Employer
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Banking - Commercial Banking and Finance Law

Connect with this company

RBS is a Top Employer


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

Role Description

Female insights week with RBS

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The programme was a great opportunity to gain insight into the innerworkings of the bank and the work-life balance of some inspirational women who volunteered to guide us throughout the week. I really enjoyed the structure of the programme and the opportunities it opens up for prospective candidates. It was a great chance to network with RBS employees and learn from them.


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

The company dedicated resources for our involvement, such as food, accommodation and travel. And most importantly, employees took time out of their busy schedule to help us learn and share their expertise in their respective fields. Everyone I interacted with was very interested in learning more about me as a person and it made me feel really valued.


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

All interns were supported fully throughout the process, every employee was very considerate of the terminology they used and wanted to help us with advice for the assessment centre at the end of the programme. The organisers made sure to brief us on each step of the process and were considerate of our personal circumstances.


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

I found the programme very useful for discovering and developing passions for finance and business. However, my degree doesn't have anything to do with that (BSc Physics). Nonetheless, the programme offered a great stepping stone into the business world for someone coming from a science and maths-heavy background. I created some very vital contacts within the company and made genuine friends, which was great and it helped me learn a lot about the business sector.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The organisers set out a planned timetable and activities, some of which were too extensive for my liking. I thought the induction day was too long and some of the presentations were unrelated to the point of the insights week. The networking with graduates was awkward as it wasn't well planned and a lot of the time the people volunteering to help us would struggle to come up with things to talk about. It would be better to plan out shorter, more concise exercises and presentations.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was rich in female empowerment, inspiration and inclusivity. Which is vital for young undergraduates who want to enter the banking and business sector. The company had not only a focus on the customer but on its current and prospective employees, treating our opinions and time with respect and letting us get that vital insight. I felt very welcome into RBS and I'm looking forward to developing closer bonds with the company in the future.


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

The company set aside resources for our training and delegated some key employees to talk to us and lead us through the company offices, their own journey and the opportunities the interns have. Some employees took us through their day-to-day tasks and others sat down and talked to us with advice and insight.


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?

A lot of employees showed us through their offices and took us under their wing as they went about their meetings and everyday work. Some others sat us down in the more public rooms of the office building, so we couldn't get a good grasp of their specific work life.


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

All employees were keen on telling us about their personal journeys at the company and what the company has given back to them. I got consistent impressions of the company culture from each employee and they all culminated towards the same description. Meaning all employees we encountered had a good impression of the company and were keen on communicating that.


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

I managed to network with employees from vastly different sectors within the bank, which gave me insight into many possible career paths and I was able to ask questions to give me a better idea of what I would like to work in. Interns were given many possibilities to network with sectors they wish and ask as many questions as possible.


Other Information

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

The company covered my travels to and from London. It provided 5 pounds for breakfast, 5 pounds for lunch (on days when lunch wasn't provided at a company event) and 15 pounds for dinner. The company also covered my hotel accommodation costs and public transport tickets (Tube and bus respectively).

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

There were many opportunities to network and meet people, some were organised, others were improvised by people that volunteered to have us shadow them. For example, one employee that I was mirroring introduced me to her line manager, who was keen on giving me extensive knowledge into capital management and the work he does in his role.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

We could network with employees and people on the graduate scheme. We had a specific graduate networking event and around 10 employees came to talk to us about their journeys, the company and their sector of work. It was really inspirational as the grads were very close to our age and we could relate to their experience.


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

I was able to ask every employee I encountered about how they manage a work/life balance and what opportunities the company offers for maintaining it. I was informed about all the development schemes that are freely available for all employees and the amount of resources they have access to for personal and professional development.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would definitely recommend this to a friend, it was a very well organised programme with a pure intention of helping interns narrow down career path ideas and gain contacts and insight with RBS. It was not only useful for that, but also for gaining sector-specific knowledge into some of the company's many departments.