1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Amazing people and culture, great work-life balance. But, very boring in the first half with nothing much to do. Programme could have definitely been a bit more structured with the option of rotating between desks over the course of the placement.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Was allowed to work independently on quite a few projects and was given an increasing amount of responsibility over time. People are very respectful and interns are valued and treated like permanent employees.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Great line manager and supervisors, very respectful and always ready to help out and advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Had a lot of free time in the first 6 months.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Increasing amount of responsibility over time. At one point I was the sole expert on a few reports and got the opportunity to train other team members across the globe.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The role definitely helped me further develop my core competencies but it wasn't much useful in increasing my financial knowledge.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good atmosphere thanks to the wonderful people.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Not very well structured, no formal feedback at all over the course of the placement. Very limited exposure.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Great courses (both online and classroom) but none of them were mandatory. Would've been great to have a proper training period at the beginning of the placement.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Proportion of interns retained and offered graduate roles is incredibly low, unlike other banks. Very blurry selection process for graduate roles.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Great social scene with drinks/meals at least once every week.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Quite high considering it is Central London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The office is very close to Shoreditch.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes definitely. UBS does really well in this area - 2 extra days off per year for volunteering, lots of clubs (sports, wine-tasting etc.), division-wide pub quiz and charity poker nights.