With so many different options to explore and questions to answer, choosing the right career for you can be a daunting prospect.

To help you make your decision, we've pulled together key information, FAQs, tips and advice. We hope it helps you choose the right programme for you and decide if we’re the organisation to help you reach your potential.

  • Career Kickstart gives impartial advice to both students and educators, offering tools and support to help students get the best out of life after school or university.
  • If you’re unsure about your career path, the first thing to do is build your knowledge and experience. If you haven’t done so already, use online networking sites such as LinkedIn to research career backgrounds, employer pages and join groups to learn from other people.
  • Research companies you’re interested in, and talk to people in different industries. If you can, get some work experience. Do all you can to give yourself a clearer picture of what different roles really involve, then see if that profile matches your natural strengths and personal ambitions.
  • If you’re definitely interested in banking but not sure which area of RBS is for you, spend some time exploring our site and learning about the various parts of our business. Keep yourself up to speed with issues in the financial press. You’re more likely to be selected if you show real passion for the business area you’ve chosen, and already have a broad understanding of the world of banking.

Do I need financial experience or a Maths degree?

No, our programmes are open to students from all academic disciplines who can demonstrate a genuine interest in banking. You’ll receive all the technical training required once you join us. The most important thing is that you choose a programme that you’re passionate about, where you can show that you’re really suited to the environment.

Can I apply for more than one programme?

No – we’re looking for people who are as committed and passionate about the business area they are joining as we are. That's why it's so important to make the right decision. Use our business area selector and make sure you take time to weigh up your options and see what suits you best.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

You do not need specific UCAS points for any of our programmes. Our Business Technology, Analysis & Business Solutions programmes require a 2:2 degree classification or above and all other graduate/intern programmes require a 2:1 or above. You do not need any specific qualifications for our Level 3 apprenticeships.

I do not meet the academic requirements, will my application be considered?

If you have extenuating circumstances to explain why you don’t meet the academic requirements then you’ll still be considered. Our application form includes a text box where you can provide details. Be sure to complete this section if it applies to you. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis. Please note that proof of these circumstances will be required.

I didn’t graduate this year, can I still apply?

Definitely. Our graduate programmes are open to all regardless of graduation year. Your work experience could well improve your application if it’s relevant.

Can I speak to any graduates, interns or apprentices on any of the programmes?

We aim to bring graduates and apprentices along to as many of our events as possible. If you attend one of our presentations, skills sessions, networking events or guest lectures, you’ll meet representatives from the business – some who have joined us in recent years and some who have been here for many years. Alternatively go to our ‘Meet the Recruiter’ page and one of them will be able to put you in touch with one of our current trainees.

Do I get a choice about where I'm based?

Most roles have specific locations and you’ll be based there for the duration of your programme. However some programmes are UK wide to provide you with the most opportunities, so it’s best to be flexible about where you’ll be based.

Can I defer my entry for a year?

Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule we don’t usually allow positions to be deferred as we want to be able to take into account your most recent experiences.

How long does the training programme last?

This varies for each business area and programme. Most graduate programmes last two to three years. Our Level 3 apprenticeships last for 18 months.

Can I apply for a position in a specific location?

Please apply first to the most suitable programme for you. Each programme will have particular location requirements and where rotations are applicable, you may get the opportunity to move between our core UK office locations.

Do RBS offer a work experience programme?

We don't offer a formalised work experience programme across the Bank through our Early Careers activity.

Do you have any 9-12 month placement schemes?

No, but we do run a variety of internship programmes for first and penultimate year students. If you’re in your first year of a three-year degree or second year of a four-year degree, you might like to consider applying for our Female Insights Weeks. If you’re accepted and perform well, you may be offered a summer internship for the following year. For penultimate year students, we run a 10-week summer internship. You can learn more about our internships in the internships section of the website.

How do I know if the programme is right for me?

The first thing you should do is read all the material available to you online. If you’re still unsure about which programme is right for you, we’ll be happy to discuss things in person. Our representatives will be attending many presentations and careers fairs in the coming year or you can contact the relevant recruiter.

Can I speak to a recruiter?

Yes, our recruiters are available to answer questions about our programmes and recruitment processes. You can find contact details of our recruiters here.

To help you make your decision, we've pulled together some key information

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