The RMB Class Of Programme is a unique Programme founded by Paul Harris (one of the founders and former CEO of the FirstRand Group) to bring street-smart mavericks and lateral thinkers with at least four years’ working experience (without a background in banking) into the bank. These recruits are placed on a rotational programme to learn more about investment banking, while the bank in turn uses the opportunity to learn from these inquiring, unconventional minds.
Who should apply?
At RMB we believe that great minds do not always have to think alike. That’s why we are looking for people with a unique ability to view the world differently to join the RMB Class Of Programme. These candidates are smart, driven and have excelled in all aspects of their lives, from academics to culture and sport. They are also Solutionist Thinkers and have the ability to question the norm and disrupt the status quo. Are you that person?
At RMB it is not unusual to run into lawyers, aeronautical engineers and even medical doctors. These entrepreneurs have all ‘graduated’ from RMB’s Class Of Programme and are challenging the boundaries to create new opportunities that benefit our business, clients and society.
For the past 25 years, the RMB Class Ofs helped RMB grow into the success story it is today. The Class Of 2018 recently made a 20-hour trip across the Atlantic to attend Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway AGM in Omaha. The Class Ofs motivated their trip to learn from one of the most influential businessmen in the world as part of their rotations at RMB. See what other alumni had to say about their time spent on the RMB Class Of Programme.
What does a typical investment banker look like? Definitely a person with a head for numbers and a few financial degrees, you may think. True, but at RMB you are also likely to run into lawyers, aeronautical engineers and medical doctors who have ‘graduated’ from RMB’s Class Of programme. The RMB Class Of Programme boasts an impressive alumni of 125 members who would’ve been otherwise lost to the bank.
RMB Class Ofs are dynamic and unconventional. They have at least four years’ working experience and have excelled in all aspects of their lives. And they don’t have a background in banking. In fact, the more unusual their work experience and degrees are, the better.
Characteristics of a Class Of
- Excel in all aspects of their lives
- Top academic record
- Curious about finance and investment banking
- Entrepreneurial flair
- Thinks beyond barriers
- Ability to adapt and change
- Opportunity seeker
- A strong numbers acumen
- Disruptor of the norm