Going after the best of the best

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

Royal Bank is like a one-stop career shop for newly hired business grads. This is the second year the bank has offered a program they call the Graduate Leadership Program (GLP), which gives grads the chance to “shop around” by working in several areas of the RBC Financial Group. The program was specially designed to attract some of the most talented grads in the country.

“We try and make sure we’re getting the best of the best. That can be seen as the seeds for future leaders and that’s what the GLP is supposed to do,” says Blair Pollard, senior manager of HR strategy and technology. “We target some of the best schools and make a very focused effort to get some of the best students at those top schools.”

How do they do this? It goes beyond posting jobs on a university career board and promoting their program at career fairs. The bank goes on various campuses to do extensive presentations about the program and the company. They also bring senior leaders, right up to vice-chairs, to answer questions and discuss any concerns the students may have.