Finance Intern at NatWest Group

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Duration
Virtual Experience
Region
Edinburgh Scotland
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Banking/Finance

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8.5/10

The Role
9.2
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

8.5

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?

The NatWest virtual internship offered an insight into the manner In which the organisation functions and the culture that graduates should expect once entering the firm. The most enjoyable aspect was the department-specific project, enabling interns a greater understanding of the exact expectations and tasks that would be fulfilled in a physical setting.

9/10

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

It is clear that NatWest has transformed the culture of the organisation over the previous twelve years and that is demonstrated in the treatment of interns. We were regularly updated with developments and got to hear from a host of senior speakers during the four-week programme.

9/10

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

The NatWest staff were consistently open through email and the portal to guide interns with any issue that arose. During Week 1, I had to attend an emergency optician appointment and received swift responses from the team, reassuring me that this absence was not an issue.

9/10

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

The information gained during the virtual experience will assist with considerations regarding graduate opportunities and increased my ambition to undertake a role with NatWest. Furthermore, the skills honed with the Finance team and array of events offered by the Early Careers team will hopefully enable me to hit the ground running in the graduate programme next year.

9/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the virtual experience?

The virtual experience was well-planned prior to the commencement of the internship, ensuring that all interns understood the calendar events. Throughout the experience, all events ran on time and any alterations were accompanied by a brisk message from the NatWest team.

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your virtual experience?

The NatWest team were extremely welcoming and open during the virtual experience. All senior speakers were eager to participate in a Q and A session and the facilitators during the programme consistently attempted to involve all interns.

10/10

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

The NatWest team invested a fruitful amount of time in the interns, including a cohort of senior speakers. The slides offered contained insightful content and there had clearly been thought installed into the creation of them, ensuring that interns could grasp a full insight into the bank. Furthermore, the buddy programme involved full-time employees investing in a relationship with an intern and ensured that all new starters could access an individual for advice and direction.

9/10

8. To what extent did the virtual experience help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The initial week enabled all interns to access an insight concerning the culture and dynamic environment that currently exists in NatWest. During the second week, interns accessed their specific function, enabling them to comprehend the exact work that would ensue during a full time role with the organisation. The host of speakers that participated in the internship programme also ensured that interns achieved an understanding of the role models that we could access during a full-time position.

10/10

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

It is clear that the NatWest culture has evolved over the previous twelve years, creating an encouraging atmosphere for employees. During the first week, the speakers clearly established the widespread changes that had ensued, with a greater amount of support now being invested in employees. The positive culture could clearly be observed in the manner that interns were treated during the experience and the Alison Rose video that was published prior to the internship commencing.

10/10

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

The content issued will assist with my graduate choices over the short-term and has established a long-term positive perception of NatWest. The specific time spent within the Finance function has demonstrated the positive work culture that can be expected and the challenging tasks that full-time employees can undertake. Furthermore, the content within senior speakers has demonstrated that the bank has a positive vision and clear objectives has been established. Therefore, the programme has ensured that I can utilise the positive content when making future career decisions.

9/10

Other Information

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

Interns were fortunate to be paid our full internship wages during the scaled-down virtual programme. This action is a testament to the positive culture that has been established within the bank.

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

The consistent break-out rooms offered an opportunity for interns to network with each other and the speaker sessions allowed for questions to be offered to senior speakers.

8/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking opportunities were unfortunately limited due to the global pandemic installing a requirement for a virtual setting. However, NatWest still offered various networking opportunities with senior speakers and break-out rooms amongst interns. The social events included game nights organised by the interns and several social interactions due to the 2-6 challenge.

8/10

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

The corporate social responsibility team offered a strong insight regarding the charitable events that are a possibility for employees. Furthermore, the emphasis upon learning demonstrates the learning potential that could be secured within a full-time position.

8/10

15. Would you recommend this virtual experience to a friend?

NatWest has invested a significant amount of time and effort into this virtual experience and that reflects very positively on the company. It is clear that a culture shift has occurred and the bank has embraced a purpose-led vision that will hold employees in good stead for the future. Therefore, I would recommend this virtual experience to a friend.

10/10

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