1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really good opportunity to learn about the culture of the bank, understand how a bank is run, see what kind of work graduates do when they join a graduate programme. Really enjoyed speaking to senior staff as well as they can tell you about their experience at RBS and how the bank changed over the past years.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was very helpful - they wanted you to ask questions to learn, and were always happy to go for coffee chats.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You get assigned to a line manager and a buddy who can help you with anything. But everyone else on the team, from graduate to director, is also available when you have questions/ need guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It really depends on the team you rotate in, especially as summer is generally a quieter period. You always had something to do, but it wasn't always very intense. It gave you plenty of time to go for coffee with people and ask them questions, and visit other areas of the bank.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Wasn't given much responsibility over the summer. However that's understandable, as an intern with no experience your contribution to the team is limited. However interns are always asked to voice their opinion and get given real (simple) work (no made-up tasks). There is a bigger focus on interns learning about the work the team does and how the bank operates, rather than producing an amazing piece of work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Really developed my networking and people skills. This internship helped me realised how important first impressions are. Also developed basic accounting and financial modelling skills, which will be of great help for my next job.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very friendly people. Everyone is very humble and likeable, they take an interest in your life and it makes very easy to work with people across different teams. They organise a few social events over the summer which is a great way to get to know people outside the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
You start with a week of induction where you learn about the different teams in the bank. Great opportunity to get to know the other interns as you spend all week together (before being split up in different teams for the rest of the summer). You get a pack that explains how the internship is organised and contract person to reach out to if you have questions.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The bank invests a lot in interns. We were asked multiple times to give feedback on how the internship is organised and how it could be improved. Even the most senior people in the bank took time to speak to us. I really felt like they wanted us to learn as much as we could over the course of the summer.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Would definitely work there, mainly because of the great culture. They value work-life balance (really no face time), everyone is friendly and helpful. Once you receive a proper training, you also get given a lot of responsibility early on.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the interns were very social, we'd try to meet up for lunch and go for drinks every Friday. There were few social organised for interns and graduates - good way to expand your network.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive especially when it comes to accommodation. There are a lot of markets near the office where you can get lunch for (£5-£8).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Liverpool street gets really busy at nights, especially on Fridays - everyone goes to the pub after work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
London has a lot to offer (sightseeing, volunteering, sports, movies etc.). Most interns move to London just for the summer so are usually keen to do something on weekends.