Reviewing trading limits on currencies. Understanding Basel III framework. Ensuring compliance with FSA and OSFI regulations.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Definitely a lot of fun! There was a good balance of work and an excellent environment for young people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
People around me were very kind and understanding, they were able to talk to me and explain things that I didn't understand. I would say that the fact that RBC is smaller than other organizations, you get the chance to network with people from all areas and all levels.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was interested in my career progression and not only concerned with my involvement in the team. He was able to give me advice that was good for my future, with or without RBC
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I think there is a very good work balance at RBC, sometimes I ended the day earlier and most times I stayed a little longer than required, but I never felt I was being overworked or bored, there is simply a LOT you can pick up.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Although I believe my work added value to the team, I think the responsibility level was rather low, but in all honesty, it is something to expect from a summer internship. Having said that, I never went to get the coffees or lunch, I was treated as a valuable member of the team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have had other placements and I can say that given the amount of time I spent with RBC, I was able to pick up soft and hard skills that are transferable outside the Finance Industry, I am very happy with the knowledge I have gained.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was lucky to land in a great team that always had fun, while being serious about the job. Outside my team, I was able to deal with a lot of people that had a similar mentality and were always happy to help and have fun after work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As I said, I have had other internships, and this was definitely very well organized, from the training before the start of work, to the last day.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt there was a genuine interest in the firm to develop my skills, even if I was only there for 8 weeks. I received formal and informal training and got to spend a good amount of time with people with vast experience in the industry.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
RBC is definitely a company I would like to work for in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The interns I had the opportunity of meeting were all great people and we were able to have a lot of fun!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London, what can I say, it will always be expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very nice places, London is always amazing.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Perhaps because of the short internship, but there were no events outside work, not even charity.