This review was written using a previous version of questions that
were updated in 2013
Participating in all the organised sessions during UBS's Spring Week, Insights.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
UBS's Insights Week did not offer any hands-on work experience (apart from two hours work experience) but mostly existed of workshops. These grew tiresome by the end of the week.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As stated above, not having the opportortunity to do much shadowing meant that I didn't have many colleagues! However, the one individual on the graduate training programme that I did spend a couple of hours with was welcoming and helpful.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support and knowledge gained from most of the workshops was of a high quality
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was a busy as everyone else on the spring week - the rigid timetable meant that sessions were structured. This didn't allow any opportunity to do or find out more about one thing that I particularly enjoyed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
No responsibility! Just had to sit there are listen to lots of presentations.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Some useful knowledge was gained from various workshops that would later assist me in my internship.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was mostly quite good - despite some of the presentations being a bit heavy going, it never felt too serious.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The week was very well organised and put together.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot of Managing Directors and other employees took time out to come and talk to us which felt encouraging.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
This is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING about the Insights Spring Week at UBS. Whilst it offers little practical experience, it is a very useful tool to get you fast tracked to the first assessment centres for an internship. If you are looking for that hands on experience, an internship is where you'll find it - not the spring week. However, in order to give yourself the best chances of getting on to an internship, the Insights week offers a great spring board.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
A week didn't really provide enough opportunity to get to know one another particularly well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was the city, so bound to be expensive!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Probably good night life on offer - but again, London = Expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?