Risk Analyst at NatWest Group

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Internship (1-4 Months)
Edinburgh Scotland
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£24,000 - £25,999
Accountancy Actuarial Banking/Finance

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The Role



The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Fun work environment, more relaxed than I anticipated and very flexible in terms of working hours. Lovely group of interns as well and had lots of activities to take part in. Campus in Gogarburn is amazing with tons of amenities.


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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Felt values by my immediate team, since they had a more direct involvement with the work I was doing and could enjoy the fruits of my labour. When shadowing other teams however, I did sometimes feel like a was being a bit of a burden and was slightly unwanted there.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My supervisor was great, assisted me a ton in setting up all of my administrative stuff early on. Apart from that, he is a very approachable and likeable guy, not afraid of a bit of banter and made me feel very welcome. Also gave me constant feedback on all of my work and helped me develop my skills.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Not too busy unfortunately, there were times that I felt like I wasn't providing anything of value to my team and the company and was just being paid to look at newspaper articles. The work I did do however was very relevant and useful.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a decent amount of responsibility, about what you would expect for an intern. I definitely wasn't doing coffee runs, but also wasn't exactly running the show or making important decisions, which I think is expected.


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

I received extremely useful technical skills, including excel and python most notably, as well as a variety of different interpersonal skills, perhaps most notably presenting. Overall very happy with those skills, and I believe they will prove very useful for university as well as any other jobs I may end up taking up in the future.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Amazing office environment! Obviously not the same for all teams, but my office was extremely friendly and I would always have fun chats with the people sat around me.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

My own team was very well prepared for my arrival and had work to give me the moment I arrived. This wasn't the case for all interns, as many had trouble gaining access to their emails and various other logins as well as building cards. There were also plenty of events organised throughout my time which were great.


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

Lots of training. Most of the work I was given was tied into my personal development goals, so all of the aspects of my work felt like training. The only additional thing I would have liked would be some dedicated training time, which I know is available for the grads here.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Unfortunately this is the main area I was unsatisfied with, employment prospects aren't amazing compared with other companies within the financial services industry. Particularly because of RBS's work culture which is quite laid back and relaxed, despite making it a very fun place to work, I don't feel like it would push me enough.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Amazing social scene! People would organise things EVERY DAY in group chats, literally wasn't a single day where there was nothing planned. If you are shy then this is great for you, as everyone was extremely welcoming and happy for more people to join their social activities. No complaints here.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Canteen was relatively expensive within the building, apparently is used to be subsidised but isn't anymore. Rent in Edinburgh is quite expensive as well which doesn't help. Also need to take a bus to work everyday which adds up in terms of monthly costs. Nightlife is cheap as most of the place are for students.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Fun times, an abundance of student clubs/pubs that were always packed. Most of them weren't incredible, but they were cheap and at accessible locations, short walks from where most people lived. Besides that, Edinburgh Festival in on during the same time of the internship and as you can imagine that is incredible.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Plenty of opportunities, including CSR events and events organised by the company.


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