Whilst studying Philosophy at Warwick, Bright Network member Rowan, successfully secured an internship in Analysis and Business Solutions with the prestigious banking firm, RBS. We recently caught up with Rowan to chat about his experience.
Why did you choose RBS?
When I began searching for internships, I decided to look for a role where I could learn about business strategy, get a flavour for different subdivisions and work with people. The process of looking for opportunities was long, and after a series of applications the role of Analysis and Business Solutions Intern at RBS presented itself to me. RBS are a prestigious firm that offer young people a sturdy platform to begin their career. They offer extensive training programs and the chance to develop your skills through work with clients and senior employees. These factors, coupled with the fact that the role ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for in an internship, meant that choosing an internship with RBS was an easy decision.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The beginning of the process is without a doubt the hardest part. Delving deep into the internet to extract as much knowledge as possible about the firm and the role you are applying for is challenging. You want to make your application stand out to get past the first step, and to do this you need to put in the hours. As for my favourite part, I enjoyed the one-on-one interview. My interview was friendly and relaxed, and was conducted in such a way that I felt comfortable in addressing the questions.
Did anything surpise you in the process?
I was surprised by how friendly the Assessment Centre was! You go in expecting it to be a strict and solemn affair, which makes it a daunting prospect. In reality, everyone there wants you to succeed and the environment, though professional, is aimed to facilitate that. I also had plenty of time to get to know my peers applying for the same role, albeit in different branches in some cases. Again, where you might expect there to be suspense there was amity.
Is there any advice you want to share with your fellow Bright Network members?
1. Research the firm and role.
2. Practice your interview technique with a friend.
3. Do mathematical and verbal reasoning tests online.
Do you have a lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Get there early, find a cafe and drink a tea.