Hearing numerous graduates, from different divisions, talk about what they enjoy and what their role is like. It was a great insight into what working at NatWest would be like, as well as what can be expected as a graduate, and the variety of work. Many of the graduates also shared a powerpoint, which enabled us to get a more in-depth understanding of what it would be like to complete the job and the working standards.
A lot of time was spent on ensuring that all the interns had an excellent learning opportunity, which included talks from many directors and managing directors. They told us about their time in the company, and their doifferent paths to get to where they are now, which was a great way to see the different opportunities we would have within the bank, and which division or area of work we think would be best for us.
The graduates and directors spent a lot of time ensuring that we as interns had maximum guidance, which included offering us a mentor scheme where we were partnered with a graduate within our business division. This was a great opportunity, as it gave us the chance to speak with someone who has been in our shoes, and to understand the transition to a graduate role, as well as different opportunities to switch divisions or areas of focus.
NatWest put a lot of effort into ensuring that we were able to develop our soft skills and commercial awareness. One example was an EDIT talk on maximising potential, which enable us to develop our potential and see what success would be like for each of us. It was also a great insight into what working at NatWest would be like, and they gave some advice of modules that could be taken to increase skills relevant for the roles.
The virtual experience was clearly structurd, as we have access to the Royal Bank of Scotland portal, which enabled us to see the 4 week forecast of what is to come, and with each update we receive an email plus an update on our portal, which minimises tha chances of us missing it. The Early Careers team has also been in constant contact, which has enables us to have a clear understanding of what is expected / coming up next.
There was a very strong and positive artmosphere, from all the interns, the numerous graduates, and all the directors and c level excecutives, who were all happy and excited to talk to us and wanted to make it an enjoyable and educational experience. This shows the strong culture at the Royal Bank of Scotland, in helping the employees to succeed and helping all the employees to show their skills and motivating the interns to join.
There has been a strong focus set on our personal development, ESPECIALLY AS NatWest brought in numerous external speakers to focus on their different areas of expertise, such as networking, personal branding, and personal development. There was also a large focus on personal training, as they organised us into teams to complete a SWOT analysis on our area of work, which gave us an experience for what the graduates do, and what our role would have been like in the real internship.
NatWest brought in many directors and managing directors, who spoke about what graduates' roles were, and what was expected of them. This also included a group assessment, where we worked in teams to analyse set scenarios given by NatWest, which enabled the interns to have an in depth understanding of the full time roles offered, as well as seeing how we would go about our day to day roles, and what NatWest had to offer us professionally.
Hearing numerous graduates, directors and managing directors talk, gave us a clear understanding of the focus which NatWest has on its culture, and the importance of people. We were able to hear the employees talk about the company's vision, the main focuses on the values, as well as how NatWest is adhering to its promise of excellent customer service, with a focus on its 5 main areas of focus which they put at the forefront of everything they do.
We were paid the full amount which had previously been promised
Good oportunity to network with many people in the company
Banking - Investment, Banking - Retail, Banking/Finance
Central London and City
23rd July 2020
£22,000 - £23,999