Niall Larkin is in his first year of the BSc (Hons) International Financial Services Degree at the Jersey International Business School (JIBS) University Centre. He also applied for the work support programme with RBS International in support of the degree, and was successful in passing their rigorous interview process in order to be one of the two students invited to take their first step in a career in finance with structured, paid work experience.
Working at RBS International over the last six months has been fantastic, as I am learning so much from my colleagues and participating in a number of varied and interesting projects. The skills I am learning through the placement are valuable to my future career path as they can be transferred into different areas of any business.
The opportunities available in financial services in Jersey are second to none, attracting a diverse range of people from around the world. At present I’m working in Retail and International Personal Banking and will soon be moving to Operations. The chance to rotate through the business provides a great opportunity to understand how the different divisions of a bank work together.
Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and helpful across all of the business areas I have worked in. The chance to take part in this internship program has provided a taster of the finance industry through the placement rotations across RBS International. Every day involves new activities and meeting new people, which have developed my personal, team working and communication skills whilst gaining first hand work experience.
My studies at Jersey International Business School support my role at RBS International. The diversity of the academic research provides a solid foundation for a future career in finance through the application of my knowledge in the work environment. For example, through the degree I understand the rationale for the regulations behind the different activities and operations that have to be followed in day to day banking processes.
My advice to anyone considering this programme would be to make sure that they are prepared for the demands of combining study and work. I have enjoyed the whole experience and would not hesitate to recommend the programme.