This review was written using a previous version of questions that
were updated in 2013
The Insights week is for first year students (or second year students of a four year course) only and aims to give university students a better insight into Investment Banking and UBS.
On a day-to-day basis we attended presentations from each division within UBS. There were also social events such as a pub quiz and many networking opportunities.
At the end of the Insights week we completed a timed numerical test - passing this resulted in being invited to an assessment centre for the following summer's internship programme.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Extremely useful insight into the different areas within Investment Banking and into the company itself.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There were opportunities to ask questions about the internship and the process involved.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Every day had a schedule so we were kept very busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The aim of this week was improve our knowledge of Investment Banking and UBS and to consider applying for the internship the following year. We did not do any actual work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Developed networking and communication skills which are always useful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone we met was very friendly and very willing to answer any questions. The interns were also extremely friendly and we often went out for drinks at the end of the day.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Every day had a schedule and this was followed exactly.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As we were only there for a week and not carrying out any actual work there was no investment in us per se.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Following a successful numerical test at the end of the Insights week you are invited back to an assessment centre at a later date. As it is the first assessment centre for the internship you have a better chance of getting a place, so employment prospects are very appealing!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Drinks out after work if nothing formal was planned.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive socialising in London, but lunch was always provided.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were evening activities such as the pub quiz. There was no exposure to clubs etc at the company but we were only there for a week!