Summer Analyst at Royal Bank of Canada

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£30,000+
Roles
Banking - Investment

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8.1/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
8.2

Socialising

7.8

The Role

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

RBC offers the possibility to gain more than a working experience. The company invests in the candidate with training courses, networking events and social events. This is essential to learn more about the business, develop your knowledge but also to get to know employers from all over the firm in different divisions.

8/10

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

8/10

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

I received full support from my managers throughout my time at RBC. It is very useful to have different advisors. Receiving support from a buddy, a direct manager has allowed me to get different feedbacks and advice on my development. Whilst the manager has offered more support on the work and projects, my buddy has helped to understand ho the firm operations and the career prospects offered.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was quite busy. Every day I had to work on my long-term projects and the ad-hoc requests. I could individually decide how much time to allocate to each task and when to conduct work.
Throughout the week, I also had multiple meetings, calls, and networking events. However because the work was quite ad-hoc and several members of team were away on holiday, the work was not constant.

7/10

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

During my internship I was given quite a high level of responsibility. I had the chance to own my own projects and tasks. For instance, I was responsible for conducting analysis and market research, however, it did feel like some of my work may not have material impact but it was a good learning experience.

7/10

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

During my internship I have developed some key knowledge and skills.
I have reinforced my time-management, organisation and my teamwork skills. Back at I also learned how to divide the work in a team more effectively and the importance of setting targets and milestones and keep each team member aware of the progress of my own work.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

In my office the atmosphere was vibrant and dynamic.
My co-workers were involved in daily calls and meetings and moments when my colleagues where working individually or as a team on a project. Regardless of the time of the day, everyone has been extremely approachable and willing to help. Overall, the atmosphere is characterised by cooperation and willingness to help each other.

10/10

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

The organisation of the internship was excellent.
The work each candidate was assigned, could be perfectly completed in the 8 weeks available. I have also found very useful to meet my manager weekly to assess my progression and receive feedback. I also leveraged the mid-internship review to assess my strengths and weaknesses and take action on the latter before the end of my internship.

9/10

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

During my internship I have developed some key knowledge and skills.
I have reinforced my time-management, organisation and my teamwork skills. I also learned how to divide the work in a team more effectively and the importance of setting targets and milestones and keep each team member aware of the progress of my own work

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
5/10

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

I find the career opportunities extremely appealing. After interacting with colleagues who have worked for the company for a prolonged time period, I became aware that RBC offers internal mobility opportunities and international experiences. Whilst you could grow vertically in a specific team, I find extremely appealing the possibility to perform different roles and work in different countries.

8/10

Social

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

There was a good social scene within the interns who were based in the same building. There were also organised activities and networking sessions to meet interns from other departments which was very helpful. The work bar at the bottom of the building also aided in social scenes within the batch.

9/10

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

7/10

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

Where RBC is based, in Bank, the nightlife is limited. nevertheless, the areas offers many restaurants and pubs nearby. These are open all week and tend to be open till midnight and beyond. The area also offers good connections to central London, where the nightlife is more active with good tube connections.

7/10

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

8/10