Two months working in the futures division of Operations. My main tasks included clearing the trades of front office traders, answering calls and queries in house and from clients and correcting any trade discrepancies each day.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a great insight into the job and life in an investment bank.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Each of my collegues spent time teaching me the role and my entire department were extremely supportive and helpful during the two months I was with them.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All management from my immediate manager to the global head were welcoming and supportive and we felt extremely valued as interns.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It was quiet during the summer period, but I frequently asked for tasks and my team found jobs for me to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was undertaking the same roles as the rest of my team so some of the tasks came with high responsibility either to meet strict deadlines or to make sure the correct outcome was achieved.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt so many new skills during the internship that will be beneficial for any career I have in the finance industry.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I had a really nice department, so my atmosphere was friendly but everyone worked extremely hard and did their jobs to the best of their ability. I think it was the right balance in the work environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
On the whole the campus team at RBC Capital Markets were excellent. They run workshops so we could get to know other interns and we had 2 training days on arrival to give us all the best initial start we could. They set up business speakers and got us involved with senior management which was very rewarding. We were given regular feedback and had many opportunities to show our skills during the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
RBC chooses many of their candidates for the Graduate scheme from the interns who have previously worked at the bank. This therefore reflects in the quality of the internship and the fact that every skill you learn during your two months there, will increase your skill level if you later come back to work for the company. The staff at RBC were always making sure we were happy and learning and my personal development increased a lot during my time there.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have been offered a job as a Graduate Operations Analyst starting in September 2014.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the interns across the entire Capital Markets division were very social, we had activities set up by the campus team and we also organised social occasions between ourselves. It really helped everyone get to know each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was quite high as you would expect in central london but I was lucky to have family in London so I didn't have to pay for accommodation. But the night life and activities in the local area are really good so its worth the money.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was in central London so there was plenty to do after work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?