My experience at UBS was great. The week was perfectly organised by the HR team and all employees at UBS were really engaged with the program. I met a lot of talented and like-minded individuals who I look forward to staying in touch with. It helped me realise that UBS is somewhere I'd very much like to work at in the future.
Everyone was very welcoming and the atmosphere throughout the entire week was one of warmth and friendliness. We were all treated with great respect and felt comfortable with the idea of raising any concerns if had needed to. Employees were engaged when helping out with sessions involved in the program.
If I had any questions I knew they would be answered comprehensively by or via HR. The guidance provided by the mock interviews session I believe will be invaluable in the future when actually interviewing. A 'buddy scheme' with an employee working with your business area of preference could have been beneficial.
Maybe the skills I developed over the week are less relevant to my degree, but in general my confidence when presenting and discussing in groups grew, my communication skills improved & I learnt how to think more analytically in certain situations, all of which will help me in the future.
Everything ran very smoothly & what I liked was that even if certain sessions overran slightly, they weren't just cut off & if people still had questions there would always be a way to get them answered. The insights into each business area were structured in way that made them easily comparable which came in very useful when attempting to decide which appealed to me the most.
Warm and welcoming. Even at times when I was working outside my comfort zone, the atmosphere ensured I grew in confidence as the week progressed and helped me actively contribute to group projects and discussions. This atmosphere was fostered from HR and graduates all the way up to senior figures in the firm.
The insight program wasn't long enough for the firm to heavily invest in personal training, but I felt that the group project, mock interviews and personal brand session were particularly valuable in enhancing my personal development. It was also good to see how much they invest in training for the graduate program.
I don't believe you can truly understand what it's like to work at firm full time until you actually do it, but the program definitely gave me a good idea as to what it might be like. It would have been good to have a bit more time focused on work similar to what graduates do on a typical day/work shadowing opportunities.
The culture was defined clearly and concisely in the introductory sessions of the program and that was subsequently reflected throughout the week in every employee that I met at the firm. So yes, I do believe that the program enabled me to gain a strong understanding of the company culture.
The content of the day was structured consistently throughout the week with a nice blend of active and passive learning opportunities. The structure allowed different business areas to be compared easily and that really helped me decide which area I would be most interested in working for in the future.
Travel expenses were reimbursed and accommodation, breakfast and lunch provided.
Opportunities for networking drinks on the final evening of the program and HR were happy to accommodate any other efforts made to network with people throughout the week. All employees involved with the program were really engaging and happy to talk with us.
Would have been good to have a few more employees as to make conversations more intimate, rather than half a dozen or more people crowded around one person.
My group project was focused on volunteering opportunities so I was aware of those activities, but besides that I'm unaware of anything else for employees to get involved in.
If they're unsure as to what they want to do for a future career and if they're seeking to find out more about the industry then I would wholly recommend this insight program.