1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
In general it was great experience with a very good company. From first week training to internship feedback session, everything was professional and well organised. Hence I am planning to return to UBS after graduation.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The humour inside the team took away the dullness from somewhat long or stressful working hours.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very supportive himself and also introduced me to various experts (quite senior people) inside the company who helped me or gave the guidance to complete various tasks.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
They are not expecting interns to do an awful lot of work, however there were few deadlines I had to stick with. Work-life balance was also above average for Investment Banking - regular hours were around 9:00-18:30 (or until you get stuff done).
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Eight weeks into the internship I found myself giving a presentation to several Directors and ADs about a major project in the bank.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills & experience gained and especially the contacts will become very useful when working in financial services industry after graduation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I was somewhat lucky to get into a young team working on a major project with a manager who promoted good atmosphere and relations between individuals.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were few minor organisational problems, mainly to do with the team allocation which took longer than expected. However with so many interns joining for the summer it is kind of expected.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was one week of classroom training about finance & investment banking and also some product and business area specific training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I got a job offer and already accepted it.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are quite a few company networking events which allow you to get to know other interns. For our intern class it kicked off good relations from the start and hence we hosted several events (e.g. Go-Karting) and pub trips on our own.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It is central London prices, but the cost of living is manageable with the given salary.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again, it is central London with pretty much endless nightlife opportunities.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were few e-mails going around about charity work and sports events, but I was too busy to investigate them further.