Office Hours: The RBC Career Launch Program Shares Their Insights On What It’s Like To Work As An Associate

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If you’re a student or new grad looking to break into the Banking industry, you should definitely check out the RBC Career Launch Program!

On October 20th, RBC experts joined us for Office Hours to answer your questions about this egg-citing initiative. We covered a lot of ground in our online Q&A session, from the hiring process, to the unique factors that make this experience so valuable for young professionals.

If you missed the live event, you can read the transcript below:


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Office Hours with the RBC Career Launch Program will begin at 3 p.m. EST. Stay tuned!

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Hello TalentEgg-ers! Thanks so much for joining us today. My name is Veronica, and I will be moderating today’s chat.

We’re extremely egg-cited to be hosting this exclusive Q&A with our guest experts from the RBC Career Launch Program! We’ll be covering a ton of topics over the next 90-minutes, from application advice to what the Career Launch program is like, and more.

Now if you signed up in advance, you may have submitted an advance career question. However, if you haven’t done so (or you have more questions) feel free to submit them during today’s event. We’ll be answering as many of them as we can!

Before we get started, I’d like to introduce our guests. Could you please tell us a bit about yourselves?

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi guys! My name is Laura Brown and I am an Associate with the RBC Career Launch program. I graduated from McMaster University in 2013 with a BSc. Honours Kinesiology. Prior to starting my Career Launch journey I was working in sales for an IT company. I’m excited to share my experience with RBC and to answer your questions!

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Afternoon everyone! My name is Chris Mikola and I am an Associate with the 2015 RBC Career Launch Program. I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Honours Economics, Finance Specialization. It’s a pleasure to be speaking with you today!

Comment From Madeleine, Director RBC Career Launch Program
Hi everyone. I’m Madeleine Barker the Director of the RBC Career Launch Program. I have the amazing opportunity of working with the talented team who brings this innovative program to life. I’ve spent my entire career in the banking industry. I started out in retail banking working with our clients and leading teams; and then shifted to focus on employees and how we enable them through communication, learning, coaching and change management practices. I’m excited to be here to answer your questions about RBC Career Launch.

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello everyone my name is Matthew Nasso and I am an Associate with RBC’s Career Launch Program. I graduated with an Honours degree in Sport Management from Brock University and currently completing a Certificate of Brand Management from the University of Toronto. I’m really excited to share my experiences with RBC.

Comment From Praneethi – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi my name is Praneethi and I am an Associate with the RBC Career Launch Program. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with a specialization in marketing from Wilfrid Laurier University. I have learned a lot while progressing through the RBC Career Launch Program and I am excited to share my experiences today.

Comment From Raynah – Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Hello everyone. My name is Raynah Monteiro a Manager with the RBC Career Launch Program. A very gratifying experience to mentor our young students as they transition from school to a career journey. My RBC career journey began fifteen years ago with RBC Insurance and with a lens to explore I progressed thru various roles and experiences. As I reflect my expertise has grown and evolved in the Field of Learning with a focus on Onboarding, Coaching and Mentoring. I look forward to share my experience on this program.

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello everyone. My name is Vanda Hudak and I am Manager, RBC Career Launch Program. I’ve been with RBC for eight years now. I feel privileged for being a part of the Career Launch program from its beginning and have seen two cohorts of Associates to go through the program and benefit from it on both personal and professional levels. My previous career includes roles in recruitment, training and clinical research.

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Egg-cellent! Let’s get started.

David, an MBA (Finance) from Brock University, asks:
“What factors might cause a candidate in the interview process to score low points?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi David. Thank you for your question. Let me answer by sharing the overview of our ideal candidate. We are focused on a candidate’s professionalism, communication and positive attitude. Candidates who do not demonstrate these important skills would not score well. In addition, when we ask questions about previous situations, we are listening to understand the degree to which you met expectations or even went above and beyond what was expected.

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Jeffrey, a Marketing Management major/Business Communication minor at Ryerson University asks:
“What soft and technical skills are needed for a candidate to be successful?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thanks for your question Jeffrey. In my opinion, having a strong commitment to customer service, personal integrity, and the drive to succeed are the most valuable skills candidates can possess. We are looking at candidates that come from different educational backgrounds and possess different technical abilities, and so I would say there are no specific technical skills required for candidates to be successful in the role.

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Vanessa, an MBA (Management Accounting) at McMaster University asks:
“How do you assess a graduate that doesn’t have any experience in the Financial Services industry?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Vanessa great question. The objective of the RBC Career Launch Program is to provide recent graduates with the relevant workplace experience, development and networks that enable them to find meaningful future employment. The selection criteria is based on the quality of the essay response which is part of the application process and your professionalism and experience in skills such as customer service, teamwork and communication. It is about providing that first career experience to a broad group of young graduates.

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Marsha, a graduate from the University of Alberta asks:
“I was wondering if someone could tell us their experiences in the Career Launch Program so I have a better idea of what to expect.”

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Marsha, my year in the RBC Career Launch Program has been a rewarding experience. The program has benefited my professional development as a young professional and allowed me to gain relevant work experience in the job market. One of my greatest experiences has been joining the different Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) at RBC. It has allowed me to expand my network, while getting involved in different volunteer opportunities and events to make my experience more rewarding.

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John, a Commerce-Accounting major at the University of Guelph asks:
“How do I qualify for this program?”

Comment From Vanda- Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi John. To find a full list of eligibility criteria please visit our website but I would like to highlight that to be eligible you need to be: 24 or under as of December 31, 2015, a recent university or college graduate by October 26, 2015, legally entitled to work in Canada, and available to work in one of the participating cities for the duration of the program: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montréal, Moncton, Halifax, Oakville/Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Oshawa/Whitby, Barrie, Kingston or Ottawa. Don’t forget to fill in Career Launch application – including an essay.

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Genta, a Post-graduate in Brand Management at Seneca College asks:
“What kind of training program should we expect as a recent grad in RBC?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you for your question Genta. RBC is very committed to providing exceptional on-the-job training for all of its employees, and the RBC Career Launch Program is no exception. For example, there is a 6-week training program that all CLP associates are required to complete during the first rotation that will help you acclimate to the role. In addition, the program offers support through a mentorship program, local managers and a broad peer network.

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Abtin, MSc. in Systems Science/BSc. in E-Commerce at the University of Ottawa asks:
“What are the characteristics of your most successful employees?”

Comment From Madeleine, Director RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Abtin, thanks for your question! In my experience, our most successful Career Launch Associates share a few characteristics – curiosity, a desire to learn on the job, interpersonal skills and adaptability. With three distinct work rotations and a robust professional development program, you will draw on your existing skills and build new capability in these areas and more.

Comment From Anusha Kanneganti
What is the RBC career launch program?

Comment From Madeleine, Director RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Anusha, the RBC Career Launch Program is a year-long paid internship designed to help recent college and university graduates gain valuable work experience. The program includes 3 different work rotations, coaching and mentors, and ongoing professional development opportunities. You can find more details on the website.

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Olaitan, an MBA major in Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of New Brunswick asks:
“Are there age requirements for this program?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Olaitan. To be eligible for the RBC Career Launch Program candidates have to be 24 or under as of December 31, 2015. For full list of the eligibility criteria please visit our website.

Comment From Krisha 
Each work experience is to be described in no more than 500 words. Is that correct?

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Thank you for your question, Krisha. The application form has a maximum of 500 characters to describe each of your work or volunteer experiences. We suggest that you briefly describe your experience and what you learned from your work experiences. For your volunteer experiences describe why you decided to get involved. The instruction for the essay (which is part of the application form) has a maximum of 500 words. Good luck with your application!

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Sanket, a Master’s in Business Administration, Major in Finance at Vancouver Island University asks:
“How is the overall program structured?”

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Sanket, the program is divided into 3 different rotations during the year. The first rotation is a 6-month placement in a RBC branch, the second rotation is a 3-month secondment with a charitable partner of RBC’s, and the third rotation is a 3-month placement in a RBC regional office completing a functional role (marketing, finance, etc.).

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Sophie, a Software Development major at McGill University asks:
“I want to find the right career path for me. Do you have any advice?”

Comment From Praneethi – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Sophie, good question. Finding the right career path is an ongoing process. Often we find out more about ourselves through the experiences we have had in the past and the ones we open ourselves to in the future. My advice is to be open to trying new things. For example, in the RBC Career Launch Program, you get to experience different roles via three rotations. This allows you to expose yourself to new opportunities and hence learn more about what the right career path can be for you.

Comment From Arlin
Hello! My name is Arlin Kapadia and I am a recent graduate from York University. I pursued my undergrad in Business Management. Although I do not have any banking experience. I have had tons of retail experience. I am currently working with Loblaws as an operations team lead and currently looking to make a switch in the banking industry. How about do I seek a spot in the RBC Career Launch Program as an associate?

Comment From Praneethi – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hey Arlin, great question. Having prior work experience in retail would certainly be helpful for the RBC Career Launch Program. RBC puts clients first and people skills are valuable for interacting with clients. I encourage you to apply and include your customer service skills on the application. Don’t forget the application deadline is Monday October 26th at noon.

Comment From Anusha Kanneganti
How long is the contract?

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Anusha, thanks for your question. The RBC Career Launch program is a one year long program starting January 27, 2016.

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Tanvi Vyas, a Business Analysis major at the University of Toronto Continuing Education Studies asks:
“Currently, I am pursuing Business Analysis Certification from University of Toronto as Continue Education and working as a Data Analyst. I’ve also completed two co-op work terms as a BA (one with RBC). Can you help me to launch my career as BA?

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Tanvi. The Career Launch program offers diverse experiences for a year rather than preparing Associates for one specific career path. By combining professional development, mentorship and professional networking opportunities with practical hands-on business and community experience, the program bridges the gap between school and career and equipping participants with the necessary workplace skills that are highly transferable.

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Rajvir, a Commerce-Accounting and Finance major at McMaster University asks:
“As a graduate from 2013 with banking experience, does this program only apply to recent 2016 new graduates? Or do I still have a chance to launch my career with RBC?”

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Rajvir, good question. The Career Launch program is open to graduates before 2015 as long as you meet all other eligibility requirements. You can check the requirements here. As a 2013 graduate, you need to be under 24 years of age as of December 31, 2015 to meet the age requirement.

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Adriana, a Human Resources major at Humber College with an Honors BA in Sociology at York University asks:
“Is the program open to Human Resource graduates as well as Business graduates?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hey Adriana, the RBC Career Launch Program is open to graduates from all types of post-secondary schools and programs. There is no preference for specific areas of study or discipline. In fact, many of our current associates have vastly different educational backgrounds!

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Alex, an Economics major at the University of British Columbia asks:
“What kind of extracurricular activities are relevant for the application? And what is the best way to present it on the application?”

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Great question Alex! All extra curricular activities have relevant skills for the RBC Career Launch Program. From my experience, I was able to apply leadership, teamwork, and communication skills from my athletic past into each rotation.

Comment From Alex from UBC
Who can I contact if I have additional questions that are not in the RBC Career Launch FAQ or previous office hours logs?

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Alex if you don’t find the answer to your question on our website under FAQ please send us your question to careerlaunch@rbc.com.

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Paula, a Human Resources and Industrial Relations major with a double minor in French and Italian at the University of Toronto asks:
“During the duration of the program, will you be able to work and learn from different areas of the bank?”

Comment From Madeleine, Director RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Paula, the Career Launch Program offers direct work experience in two different areas of the bank. In the first rotation, you’ll gain experience within a retail branch working directly with clients. And during the final rotation, you’ll provide project-based support within one of RBC’s broad-based business areas such as marketing, HR or operations. In addition, Associates have plenty of opportunities to network and build their understanding of different careers paths.

Comment From Grace
Hi, I always hear the employers said that we should have Canadian experiences but for international students. those are impossible. We might have experiences from different countries. So how can we compete in the market?

Comment From Raynah – Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Good question, Grace. For the purpose of employment you need to be legally eligible to work in Canada. The RBC Career Launch Program is a solution for the transition from school to work which helps to develop skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and communication. The skills that you can bring from international work experience such as teamwork, adaptability, open to change and cultural awareness are suitable to compete for the role.

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Paras, a Software Engineering Technology major at Centennial College asks:
“I want to start my career with RBC and want to show my dedication towards my work, and eventually gain a permanent job with them. Do you have any advice for how to achieve this?”

Comment From Praneethi  – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Paras, thank you for your question. To get started with RBC you can visit our career page. In addition, the RBC Career Launch Program can help you get started by offering you a variety of experiences working with training professionals, managers, and mentors. This provides ample networking opportunities as well as helping you gain valuable career advice for the future.

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Laila, an Entrepreneurship and Innovation major at Dalhousie University asks:
“What skills do you acquire from the RBC Career Launch Program?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thanks for the question Laila. Customer service, problem solving, networking, teamwork and time management are just a few examples of the skills you can acquire as an associate in the RBC Career Launch Program. There are plenty of opportunities to develop specific skills and explore specific areas of interest as well. For example, I used part of the 20% of my time devoted to professional development to improve my knowledge of leadership and corporate sustainability, both areas that I have a growing interest in.

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Anne-Marie, Specialized Honours in Bachelor of Business Administrative Studies (Business Management) at York University asks:
“Will I gain experience in marketing/communications?”

Comment From Raynah Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Anne-Marie, great question. The RBC Career Launch Program includes three exciting work rotations in different areas at RBC. An associate gains exposure to and hands on experience in retail banking as well as broad business areas such as Marketing, Communication, HR and Finance. There is also the opportunity to gain exposure to the operations of a partnering registered Canadian charity to help enrich local communities. Something you can feel good about.

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Angad, an MBA at York University asks:
“What kind of positions could I target through RBC’s Career Launch program?”

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Angad, good question. You do not get to directly target/choose the positions in the RBC Career Launch program. There are three rotations. In the first rotation you are a Client Advisors at a Branch. In the second and third rotation your Career Launch Manager will match you up with a registered charitable organization and in a functional role respectfully. However, over the course of the program you do develop a close relationship with your Manager and they do their best to place you in roles that are close to your career goals and interests.

Comment From Rene Davis
What are the prerequisites that are required to be considered a viable candidate for the rbc career launch program

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Afternoon Rene, to view the specific requirements to be eligible for the RBC Career Launch Program please visit our website.

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Tahsina, a Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Calgary asks:
“Are you hiring any recent engineering graduates?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Tahsina. The RBC Career Launch Program is open to graduates from any postsecondary program. If you meet rest of the eligibility criteria you are welcome to apply. Don’t forget that the application deadline is Noon (EST) on Monday, October 26th!

Comment From Adriana Rizzi
I have successfully completed my program but due to the school schedule, my official graduation date will not be until the end of the semester (December). Am I still able to apply if I submit a transcript proving my academic completion?

Comment From Vanda- Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Adriana. To be eligible you need to be a recent university or college graduate by October 26, 2015. If we can verify that you have completed all requirements of your program of study for graduation and it is only the graduation ceremony that is scheduled for after the application deadline you are encourage to apply.

Comment From Branden T Irenius
What are the career paths we can expect will be offered in the program?

Comment From Madeleine, Director RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Branden, through the Career Launch Program you’ll gain exposure to different roles, work environments and a network of professionals each with diverse experience. This offers the opportunity to learn more about your personal strengths and career interests. The skills that our Associates build over their one year internship including communication, critical thinking and problem-solving will prepare them for a wide variety of career paths. For the details on each rotation, you can review our website.

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Michael, a Business Administration major at Acadia University asks:
“Is it possible to secure a permanent position with RBC after the program? If so, how common is it?”

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Michael, I had the same questions when I applied too! After spending nine months in the program I feel prepared to embark on my own career because of the training, mentorship, job shadowing, and professional development exercises that were provided during the Career Launch program. Think of the Career Launch program as an opportunity to develop the ultimate resume.

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Walid, an Industrial Engineering major at Concordia University asks:
“How can I submit my CV for this program?”

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you for your question Walid. You do not need to submit a CV to apply to the RBC Career Launch Program. All you need to do is meet the eligibility criteria, complete the online application, and submit an essay.

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Anne-Marie. As an employee of RBC through the RBC Career Launch Program you will have the opportunity to get involved with many of the RBC Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives throughout the year. For example, earlier this year I was able to be a part of the RBC Blue Water Day. In addition, during the second rotation of the Program you will be working with a non-profit organization, helping them advance their individual causes. I was placed with the YMCA, and have been able to help them with their fundraising activities.

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James, a Business Management major at Dalhousie University asks:
“What credentials should new grads be looking to acquire in order to successfully acquire a job with a financial institution like RBC?”

Comment From Raynah Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Hi James. For the most part an undergrad college degree is an absolute minimum when seeking a job in the financial industry. As with most industries finance has its own unique set of professional qualifications and licenses. On the other hand the RBC Career Launch Program provides a first career experience to a broad group of graduates. For further details on the eligibility criteria please visit our website.

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Essa, an Accounting major at the University of Ottawa asks:
“What would you like to see graduates accomplish in this program?”

Comment From Madeleine, Director RBC Career Launch Program
Great question Essa! I would like to see each of our Associates gain skills, experience, a network and of course confidence which sets them up for success in the next steps of their career – whatever their aspirations might be!

Riley asks:
“What is you favourite part about the Career Launch Program?”

Comment From Praneethi – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Riley, this is a great question. I liked many different aspects of the program and I want to highlight two of my favorite parts. The first being the rotational aspect of the program. During my rotations I got to explore a variety of positions within my areas of interest, met fantastic colleagues who I now call friends, and gained valuable lifelong skills. Another aspect of the program that I really enjoyed is getting support from mentors, trained professionals and managers. They helped me gain insight into building a successful career path and discussed with me how to pursue growth opportunities as I move out of the program.

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Stella, a Psychology major at Ryerson University asks:
“Thanks for answering our questions! I was wondering if you could tell us what the benefits of this program are as opposed to taking a similar entry-level job elsewhere.”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Great question Stella. The Career Launch program provides you with more than a job. Within one year of the program you will gain hands-on work experience in business and the community combined with training, mentorship and professional networking opportunities.

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Mirza, a Liberal and Professional Studies major at the University of WIndsor asks:
“Can you tell me more about the training for this program?”

Comment From Praneethi – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Mirza, great question. RBC provides each RBC Career Launch Associate with comprehensive learning and development opportunities that will help them succeed in their role. A combination of classroom and on-the-job training is provided to each Associate. Additionally, Associates receive support from an expansive network of individuals including training coordinators, onsite and remote managers, as well as an assigned mentor. They will also have access to a variety of online and classroom learning tools. RBC’s commitment to learning and development is one of my favorite parts of the program.

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Roman, a Finance and International Business major at Aarhus University, asks:
“What are the key competencies required for this program?”

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Roman. I believe there are 3 key competencies that will help applicants in the Career Launch program; Adapting well to change, taking initiative, and a commitment to learning. The year goes by fast, really fast, and there are 3 unique rotations – meaning you are the ‘new kid on the block’ three times. If you don’t adapt well to change you will have a hard time succeeding in each new environment. Take initiative – people are more willing to help you if you have helped them. The more you put into this program the more you will get out of it. Most importantly you have to be willing and committed to learning and improving yourself.

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Syed, an Electrical Engineering major at the University of Ottawa asks:
“Could you tell us about growth opportunities and on-the-job training in this program?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Great question Syed! There is a 6 week training program during the first rotation of the program. They cover almost everything you can think of during this time and make sure that you are prepared to excel in the role. There are also many growth opportunities throughout the program, the largest aspect of this being the 20% of your time you are allotted to spend on professional development. With this time you can take professional courses, attend networking events, and do much more to help further your learning, development and career.

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Kathy, a Early Childhood Education major asks:
“What’s your advice for graduates who are trying to make the most of this program?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Kathy. My advice for graduates who want to get the most out of the RBC Career Launch Program, and any new position, is to embrace every opportunity and challenge that comes your way. Never say no to the new and awesome experiences and have fun while you learn and work. As the old saying goes, you get out what you put in – give it your all and you can get a lot out of the RBC Career Launch Program.

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Leo, Mathematics major/Chartered Financial Analyst at the University of Waterloo asks:
“What kind of roles do your offer for Finance students in this program?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Leo, good question. The RBC Career Launch Program provides recent graduates with the relevant workplace experience, development and networks to find meaningful future employment. With the exposure in the broad business areas of RBC and three exciting rotations there is a vast array of roles, which will help with your professional development. Some associates are pleasantly surprised with the learning’s which helps them with carving their career path.

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Elaine, a Business Technology Management major at Ryerson University asks:
“How can I navigate the gap between school and work?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Great question Elaine. In my experience, leveraging your experiences from school will go a long way to helping you transition from school to work. The RBC Career Launch Program was specifically designed to help people like you bridge the gap between school and work, and to solve the “no-experience, no-job” cycle that most recent graduates (myself included) tend to face.

Arianna asks:
“What kinds of jobs will we be qualified for after the program? Are we only going to be able to get jobs in banks?”

Comment From Vanda- Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Arianna. The program is open to graduates from any postsecondary program and as such their career aspirations vary. This comprehensive experience will help Associates make decisions about their career path and increase their attractiveness to future employers. We are confident that skills and experiences acquired in the program are highly transferable.

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Dhiraj, an Electronics major at George Brown College asks:
“I am currently a student and I will be completing my program next semester. Can I participate in this program?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Dhiraj there are criteria to be eligible for the RBC Career Launch Program, one of them being you should be a recent university or college graduate by October 26th 2015. For the other eligibility criteria please visit our website.

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Philip, a Business Technology Management major at Ryerson University asks:
“Is there a minimum cut-off for cumulative GPA in order to get an interview?”

Comment From Vanda- Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Philip, GPA is not one of our eligibility criteria for the program. All completed eligible applications will be entered into a Lottery draw after the application deadline on October 26th.

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Jessica, an Honours student in International Development/minor in Economics at Dalhousie University asks:
“What skills are required for successful completion of the program? Will the program enable me to gain relevant job experience?”

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Great question Jessica! I believe leadership, strong interpersonal skills, and teamwork are the skills needed to be successful in the program. They are applied in all 3 rotations and will influence your decisions in the RBC Career Launch Program. The program will enable you to gain relevant job experience in the market, but your willingness to learn in each role can factor into your development. Never be afraid to ask or learn the job you want (Financial Advisor, Marketing, etc.) and take the initiative in each role!

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Wendie, a Mathematics major (Commerce/Operational Research stream) at York University asks:
“How do we participate in this program?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Wendie, in order to participate in this program there are criteria which will help determine if you are eligible. Some of the other skills you can bring are your openness to change, embracing new opportunities and collaborating to create new networks. For more details I would encourage you to visit our website. The deadline is noon of October 26th 2015.

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Alex Tatu, a Philosophy/Minor in Business major at York University asks:
“What is the best way to start my career in banking?”

Comment From Praneethi – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Alex, good question. The RBC Career Launch Program is a great way to get started in the banking industry. During the first rotation, associates work as Client Advisors in one of the RBC branches. This provides a good introduction to the banking world, as associates are interacting with clients as well as getting valuable product knowledge.

Comment From Rene Davis:
Does the career launch program usually start at the customer service level

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you for the question, Rene! The RBC Career Launch Program always starts with a placement at a branch where customer service skills are refined. The experience at the branch also provides you with knowledge of the financial services industry. The subsequent placements provide additional opportunities to learn other skills like communications and marketing.

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William, Master’s of Industrial Relations at Queen’s University asks:
“Are higher levels of education (ex. a Master’s Degree) viewed as work experience?”

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thanks William. Applicants for the RBC Career Launch Program are not specifically evaluated on their past work experiences. Rather, we are looking for people with different types of educational backgrounds, life experiences, and work experiences with the knowledge that everyone will have something different to offer to the program. To learn more about the specific program requirements, please visit our website.

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Sumiyya, a Double Major in Political Science and Communication Studies at Carleton University asks:
“Will the RBC Career Launch Program benefit me even though my major is not in the financial or business sectors?

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Sumiyya, thanks for asking this question. The answer is absolutely there is benefit to you! I am a kinesiology graduate and found huge benefit from this program. Not only did it provide me the opportunity to explore the financial industry but there are tons of professional development opportunities. I never felt like I was at a disadvantage or behind compared to my peers with commerce or economics backgrounds. Training and mentorship are provided throughout the program to ensure you are successful.

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Robin, a BBA major at the University of Guelph asks:
“I have completed my undergraduate degree and plan to pursue a human resources college certificate to become CHRP designated. Is the RBC Career Launch Program right for me?”

Comment From Vanda- Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Robin. Thank you for your question. If reading about the program excites you, and you can see an opportunity for personal and professional development, this is the program for you! Make sure you read our eligibility requirement before you apply.

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Rochelle, a post-graduate in Marketing Management at Seneca College of Applied Arts asks:
“What do you look for in recent graduates?”

Comment From Vanda- Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Thank you for a great question, Rochelle. We are looking for passionate, professional and team-focus candidates who are open to embracing new opportunities. Candidates have an opportunity to showcase their communication, critical thinking and creativity in an essay and interview will help us to assess candidates’ professionalism, motivation and aptitude to leverage learning and work experiences this program has to offer to the Associates.

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That’s all the time we have for today, everyone. Thanks for all your great questions – we covered a lot of ground today!

A huge thanks to our guest experts from the RBC Career Launch Program! Would you all like to say something before we wrap up this event?

Comment From Matthew – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you for joining us today! I really enjoyed answering all your questions. Good luck everyone!

Comment From Chris – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you for your questions today everyone! I hope we were able to answer your specific inquiries. If not, please visit our website for more information! Good luck and have fun!

Comment From Praneethi – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thanks for joining us today. There were a lot of great questions and I enjoyed answering them. I hope I was able to add insight and provide greater details about the RBC Career Launch Program. Good Luck!

Comment From Laura – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thanks for attending everyone. I hope you found the answers you were looking for, I enjoyed your questions. I wish you all the best with your applications and futures careers!!!

Comment From Raynah – Manager RBC Career Launch Program
Thank you for joining our chat today! Wishing you all the best.

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
It was a great session! Thank you for all your questions! I hope you found our responses helpful. Please visit our website to review our first annual report and Associates’ testimonials.

Comment From Madeleine, Director RBC Career Launch Program
Thank you so much for joining us today! Best of luck with your job search!

TalentEgg
Hopefully we’ve answered most of your questions about this fantastic program. Once again, you can find out more about it on their Employer Profile.

We will also be posting a transcript of this chat shortly, so keep an eye out for that on TalentEgg.ca! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks again, everyone. Have an egg-cellent day!

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