Assisting in research and analysis in support of the broader team.
Assisting in development and implementation of client assignments.
Client marketing and live transaction execution.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The placement has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable working experiences I have had so far. Well organised and great support and guidance at all levels.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As the programme progressed, it became clear that I was given more trust, and that people really appreciated my input.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Guidance was provided via scheduled informal and formal reviews and 1-to-1s. A buddy scheme meant that I was able to communicate any issues with someone in the position I would like be in a year's time (1st year analyst), and my line manager (associate) was always happy to assist.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Extremely busy. Some may find this a negative, but for me it was a great opportunity to test myself and show my ability as well as learn a great deal.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Once I had demonstrated motivation and competence with basic tasks, I was given more responsibility, and was quickly working on materials to be presented directly to clients. My only negative point is that I would have liked to attend a client meeting or listen in on a call, just to get a feel for how the bank deals with clients, and the relationships it holds.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Coming from a non-financial background, the initial week of financial valuation and modelling training proved to be invaluable when joining my team.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was very friendly, and we often went for drinks after work. Overall, you are expected to work hard during the week, but weekends were either free or involved coming in for a just a few hours.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised, with a number of scheduled events to socialise with the other interns and full-time employees, as well as lunch and learn sessions with heads of departments, who explained their business functions, daily routines and career paths.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
An initial week of finance and Excel training was invaluable and extremely enjoyable. On the desk, the training was 'on the job' but the guidance from peers was more than enough to ensure that I was continually challenged but also continually learning.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The internship scheme is the main route to the graduate program. I am hopeful and would be delighted to continue working at RBCCM, having gained so much over just 9 weeks.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We often went out for drinks at the end of the week. Overall, not a massive social scene, but this is to be expected with such long hours.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Central London, therefore, expensive, but the compensation was enough that we could enjoy ourselves when we had the time.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great nightlife, plenty to do and see.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Outside of work we were encouraged to join the team for drinks or a meal. The hours are long but there is still time for seeing friends or playing sport.