1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I'm about half way through and am enjoying my internship. RBS is a Great Place to Work and the office is really good with shops, cafes, gym and everything on-site. The work I have been given is meaningful; I have never been given something pointless to do just for the sake of doing it.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues have done a good job of making me feel part of the team and not just an intern. I take part in meetings and do work to help my colleagues and I have run meetings as well, with everyone taking me seriously and the meeting went as if a regular employee was running it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
On my first few days my manager sat next to me and helped me get familiarised with the office and the company. I can go up to her any time and ask any questions. We have weekly sessions to catch up and have support/guidance. I can also ask any colleagues as everyone is very helpful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
So far I have not been that busy which is due to a factor out of anyone's control. However I do get pieces of work from colleagues which keeps me busy for a while. There are assessments and charity projects that we do as interns that also keep me busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel like I have been given almost the same level of responsibility as full-time staff. I am given work and left to get on with it. I have run a meeting and hope to run more in the rest of my time here. People take me seriously for the most part.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learned many things so far such as agile working techniques, a modern office environment with flexible dress codes and working hours, etc. I have learned about excel and other software and a lot about human resources. This will be really helpful in any future work that I do.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It's a friendly and casual atmosphere, people come in from all times before 8am to after 10am or work from home. there's a shelf with sweets and chocolates and everyone gets on well, goes to lunch together, etc. it's a good atmosphere and makes me feel at ease
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It's mostly well organised, there was an intern induction event in the first two days that provided skills training. RBS is experienced at having interns so everything is mostly smooth. The only issue is with IT, I couldn't use any computers for over a week when I started. Everything else is good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were skills training sessions in the first 2 days of the internship and there have been sessions throughout, for example a session on coaching. I have weekly meetings with my manager to focus on personal development and Ithink the company does this very well, for all employees as well as interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
After the internship there is a very high chance of being offered a place on the graduate scheme, either in the same programme or a different one. I find this really appealing and hope to get offeed a place as I would love to return to work at rbs after university
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a good social atmosphere people meet up and/or go out most nights, in my individual department we have a small group and have events such as dinner parties, going to the pub etc. and this is really good as it could have been lonely moving to a different city!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Restaurants/bars/pubs are expensive, you can pay £10 for a burger and £5 for a pint of beer
Rent is also expensive, about £500 a month at least for a room
Howver it's still cheaper than some places like London and you don't have to spend lots of money if you don't want to
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I rarely go to clubs so I can't comment on that but I've heard good things from other interns. I've been to a few bars that were expensive but had a good atmosphere, it's a large city so there are loads of places if you want to go out, it's not a problem.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there are team activities, our most recent one was crazy golf which I sadly couldn't attend. There are volunteering days, recently I volunteered to do a day of gardening at a school which was nice to get out of the office and do something a bit different for the community.