3 days spent at UBS
It was a lot of fun, lots of information is provided and its a great opportunity to expose yourself to the workings of a large financial institution. There are a lots of presentations and you have to digest a lot of information but that is counteracted by the really fun workshop sessions based on the information, which allows you to understand more.
I felt during the experience that as a member of the UBS Talents lab group I was a really important part of the UBS process and I got the impression that as an analyst you are valued a lot and given a lot of help. It was a caring environment with kind people
There was always someone present to help you if you needed it, even if you didn't need help people will always make sure to check on you and engage you so that you felt comfortable. During the workshops there was always someone you could ask if you didn't understand the brief and what you were meant to do.
As non-finance subject university student, I don't believe that the information that I learnt will have much direct application, however the skills that we practised and were trained on (presentation, interview, networking) will be really useful when I start applying for summer internships at UBS and other places.
The insight was incredibly well structured, we were given timetables on the first day for each of they days and we knew what we were going to be doing at each time so you could tell that a lot of effort had been put into the programme.Although we did run-over some of the time and so you were really tired by the end of the day.
It was a good atmosphere, in the beginning because you don't know a lot of people its quite nerve-racking but throughout the process you feel much more comfortable. The environment is a professional one so you can't just let loose but you feel comfortable and you can be yourself.
I think that the company spent a lot of time thinking about the programme and how best to interest people in the company, they made sure we had session on personal brand and on how you present yourself in the work environment. Interview skills were also a big part of the experience.
Not as much as I would personally have liked, it was a lot of sitting and taking in information unless you were taking part in the workshops after the presentations. More shadowing would have been ideal but many of the presenters gave a general idea of their daily work life.
Culture is a big part of UBS and we spent a lot of time being taught about the culture of UBS and how that has shaped the company and continues to shape it. The three keys are their main way of demonstrating their culture which is very apparent in the employees and the environment of the office.
Incredibly valuable because it allowed me to discover which division of the company I would enjoy working in the most but also to get a taste of what that would entail through the workshops.
I have not yet been reimbursed but they will reimburse you for travel and arrange accommodation for you.
Throughout the week we met a lot of senior members of the bank and got to interact with them and ask them lots of questions at the end this was also present in the drinks networking session.
We had a networking session at the end of the programme where were got to meet a lot of different people, where we got to meet many of the employees at UBS. it was great I got to meet a lot of the employees and find out about their linkedin profile.
Not really, it wasn't really a big part of the programme, although I did learn about a volunteering initiative at UBS which some of the employees take part in but there wasn't a lot of information provided. There was also a tour of the office which highlighted a gym that employees can take part in.
I would definitely recommend this programme to a friend, especially if it was someone that wasn't sure what division of banking they were interested in. This programme is a great opportunity to learn as much as possible in an interactive manner and also in a relatively short amount of time.