1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
During my work experience of 5 days i had many different tasks. I ran reports for my colleagues and inputted lots of data into excel and tables. Working in the finance department meant i was always working with numbers and finance processes. I would interact with my team daily and occasionally have to interact with other people within or outside the business to get the information i needed.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I developed my excel and computer skills because i was working in the finance department so was running reports and inputting data into tables for my colleagues. I also developed my communication and team work skills as i was working with completely new people that i had not met before. This helped me get more confident and therefore i could use these skills in the future.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed this programme a lot. It was a great first insight into the business world and how it works. It was a change having to commute into London every day so this showed me more about the world of work as well. I enjoyed learning new processes and enjoyed meeting and getting to know new people that i would not have known before.
4. How valued do you feel by RBS?
I felt valued by the company because they were giving me work that needed to be completed by certain deadlines so felt like they trusted me with the work they were giving me. They were also very friendly and welcoming when i started so it helped and made me feel comfortable and valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme was well organised i went into London to the office Monday through to Friday for a five day work experience and everyday i would have work to do and be learning new things from the people there. I was never bored or without work so i think the programme was good and helped me improve things for my future.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I did not have a training provider as i was only at the company for a week completing work experience which had been authorised by school. The only advisor i had was my school that were good and helped me set the work experience up. If i had any problems i would speak to the school and they would help me sort it out.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I had a lot of support from my employer with everyone that i was working with helping me with the processes i was completing and explaining things when i did not understand them. This helped me understand the finance and business world and the help that i received from this employer helped me know what career path i wanted to go down in the future.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As this was work experience i did not get paid for this week. It was something the company kindly agreed to so i could start to see how the world of finance and business work. The only costs i had were travelling to and from London each day but i accounted for this before because this is how life would be if i was working.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I did not get to experience any opportunities outside of the work because i was only there for a week however knowing RBS is such a massive company i am sure there are many opportunities you can pursue outside of work if you wanted. As they are a massive company I am sure if I was an employee there would be many experiences given to me and ones I could make on my own.
9a. Would you recommend RBS to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend RBS to a friend because it is a great way to get to know and understand the finance and business world together. It also gives you the time to experience how working life would be which can help them make the decision of whether they want to go to university or start work straight after school/college.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to RBS? *
I would say to talk about why you want to do the work experience with RBS. Make sure to look into the company before you go so you have facts and figures about the company that you can surprise them with and just think about the answers you give so you’re always putting yourself in the best light and showing that you want this experience over someone else.
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